MORGANTOWN — After 16 years of service as the executive assistant to five WVU presidents, Sara Master retired last week.
Master’s Mountaineer journey started in the fall of 1975, as a student. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1979. She then pursued her master’s degree, while working in the hospitality industry, before she was hired to work at WVU, in 1985.
Her first job on campus was in training and development for the Department of Human Resources, where she helped develop training programs for employees.
“It was so rewarding to develop staff training workshops for employees to help achieve their goals and learn new skills,” said Master, a native of Welch, W.Va. “I always thought I had the best job at the university.”
Fourteen years later, Master came across an opening for the executive assistant position — for then-WVU President David Hardesty Jr. When she entered that role, in October 1999, she never imagined she would serve five presidents…