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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announces departure of long-time aide, Travis Mollohan

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced July 15 his long-time aide, Travis Mollohan, is leaving Manchin's office to work for West Virginia University.

Mollohan’s final day with Manchin will be July 18. He has accepted a position as director of state, corporate and community relations for West Virginia University.

“It is very difficult to imagine my office without Travis, but I know that he will bring the same level of excitement, energy and dedication to his new position as he brought to my office over these many years. When I chose him to serve on my team, I knew that Travis understood what it means to be a West Virginian. He is a responsive, critical thinker who truly cares about our state and fellow citizens – all characteristics that will serve him well in his next endeavor. Travis will always be part of the Manchin family, and I wish him only the best,” Manchin said in a statement.

Mollohan thanked Manchin for the opportunity to serve the people of West Virginia.

“Sen. Manchin has given me so many great opportunities over these past nine years, and I thank him for his continued confidence. He is a strong advocate for the people of the Mountain State, and I am honored to have been involved in the progress our state has made under his leadership. While I will miss working for him, I am eager to serve my incredible alma mater, West Virginia University, and start this exciting, new chapter in my life,” Mollohan said in a news release.

Mollohan, whose appointment at WVU is effective Aug. 5, has worked for Manchin in campaign, gubernatorial and senatorial roles since his 2005 graduation from WVU with a degree in political science. Mollohan's most recent assignment was as director of constituent services in the Charleston office.

"If WVU is to be the kind of institution West Virginians expect it to be, it will need to be actively engaged in ongoing conversations with policymakers at all levels," William H. Hutchens III, vice president for corporate and legal affairs and general counsel at WVU, said in announcing the appointment. "Travis will be integrally involved in making sure these conversations happen so that WVU can hear their community's needs, and they can hear how WVU can help meet those needs."

A Braxton County native, Mollohan will be based in Morgantown and report to Hutchens and Sarah Smith, associate vice president for state and corporate relations. Smith worked with Manchin when he was West Virginia's Secretary of State.

“I am very excited and deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve my incredible alma mater,” Mollohan said. “WVU has made such a positive impact on the citizens and communities of the Mountain State, and I will do my part to continue the important work of our state’s flagship university and help take it to the next level.”