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WVU Says New Office Reflects Changes Following Student's Death Last Year

West Virginia University is creating a new office and a new position to oversee fraternities and sororities.

Student Life vice president Bill Schafer says a national search will be conducted to fill the position of associate dean and director of Greek life.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee says the new office and position are part of an effort to change the university’s culture.

Gee promised significant changes following the death of 18-year-old freshman Nolan Burch during an initiation ceremony at the WVU Kappa Sigma house on Nov. 12, 2014.

Schafer tells The Dominion Post that the person will oversee the new Greek Life office and will be under the Office of Student Conduct. The person will report directly to the dean of students.

Dean of Students Corey Farris says the position’s responsibilities will include working with the three Greek councils on campus.