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Michael Belmear will retire from Fairmont State University after 33 years of service on July 9. Throughout that time he has influenced the lives of countless students and adults, both at home and abroad.

All teachers hope to have a positive influence on their students.

One Fairmont educator had an huge impact on one of her students, leading him to become an education icon.

Michael Belmear will officially retire from Fairmont State University on July 9 after 33 years helping students succeed.

Throughout that time, he’s held many titles, including the one he’s retiring with: vice president for Student Services and Student Affairs.

He began as an admissions officer and counselor at FSU in 1978. Until that time, he was an admissions counselor at West Virginia University, but Fairmont State offered him more money and the chance to become a counselor, helping students with their problems.

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