by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington
‘Coffee with the Mayor’ returns to Marshall University this week

HUNTINGTON – Mayor Steve Williams will return to Marshall University’s campus this week in an ongoing effort to improve communication between the City of Huntington and students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Williams will conduct the spring semester’s second installment of “Coffee with the Mayor” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Memorial Student Center lobby. The sessions are sponsored by the Student Government Association and allow people to discuss issues with the mayor in an informal setting.

“The idea is to let all stakeholders at Marshall know that I am their mayor and that I am always approachable,” Williams said. “City Hall isn’t just a building at the corner of 5th Avenue and 8th Street. I want there to be a consistent presence of city government on campus.”

In addition to listening to concerns and answering questions, Williams said he has three main objectives with the sessions: Let students know that they are valued citizens in the city; show them that staying in Huntington after graduation is a viable option; and, if they have to leave upon graduation, help them develop a love for Huntington so strong that they can’t wait to return.


“I believe that holding ‘Coffee with the Mayor’ for a second consecutive year exemplifies the already strong partnership between Marshall University and the City of Huntington,” Marshall Student Body President EJ Hassan said. “The Student Government Association is very proud to be a part of this partnership, and we look forward to the opportunity of keeping students engaged with their city officials as well as student representatives.”


The Student Government Association is offering students a chance to win a Keurig coffee maker duringthe event. Anyone who puts a photo of the event on Twitter and mentions @MUSGA with the hashtag #CoffeeChats in their tweet will be entered to win. For more information, call Jordan Wooldridge, SGA chief of staff, at 304-696-2289.