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October 23, 2014

Rae Emrick Announced as Director of Exercise Science and Athletic Training

West Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to announce Rae Emrick as the Director of Exercise Science and Athletic Training.

 Emrick graduated with a degree in Sports Medicine from Wesleyan in 1995 and earned her master in Health and Physical Education from Marshall in 1997. Currently, Emrick is working on her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction through West Virginia University.

Emrick’s career began at Wesleyan in 1997 as a member of the staff.  In 2004, she became a faculty member and, three years later, became the program director of Athletic Training.  She was named the Department Chair of the School of Exercise Science in 2008.

Emrick is excited to take on the responsibility and work toward improving the department through an academic transformation. In the near future, her plans include developing the overall learning environment and enhancing the student’s experience in the program.

“I hope to work with the academic administration to expand the faculty and alter the curriculum in the Exercise Science and Athletic Training department,” says Emrick. “This will help students gain the necessary assistance they require and offer them the opportunity to learn from experienced athletic trainers.”

She hopes to make these changes in order to better serve the students and meet their individual needs aiding in the path to pursue a future career.

As an alumnus of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training program, Emrick looks forward to watching Wesleyan succeed and actively helping in the process.  Her diplomatic and level-headedness allows her to view a situation through multiple lenses to see all sides of an argument, which she believes will help her through this journey.

The Exercise Science and Athletic Training department is among the largest and most popular schools at Wesleyan. There are currently 152 students enrolled in this program, and Exercise Science majors comprise approximately 10% of all undergraduate declared majors.   There are four majors within this department: Exercise Science, BSAT Athletic Training, MSAT Athletic Training, and Physical Education. Course offerings are also available for general education requirements.   Graduates from this program have moved on to pursue careers in various areas including physical therapy school, medical school, work in physicians’ offices, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy school, and many others.

In her new position, Emrick hopes to continue this trend and further the success of the program.  Between juggling the commitment to her 15-year-old daughter and her dedication to the school, Emrick explains her philosophy is to “control what you can control.”  Her undeniable devotion is evident through her eighteen years of contributions at Wesleyan.

To learn more about Exercise Science and Athletic Training, please visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-722-9933.

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