West Liberty Announces Fall Commencement Speaker

West Liberty University graduates will hear from local attorney David Croft at the Fall Commencement Ceremony which takes place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).President W. Franklin Evans will preside at the ceremony and both face masks and social distancing will be required.

“I know that our graduates will enjoy hearing Mr. Croft’s words of wisdom. As an alumnus and former chairman of the WLU Foundation Board of Directors, he has a comprehensive knowledge of West Liberty University. As an attorney and community leader, he has proven himself skillful. We are honored by his presence,” Evans said.

Croft grew up in Wheeling and graduated from Wheeling Park High School. He received a bachelor’s in accounting in 1989 from West Liberty University and a doctor of law degree in 1999 from the West Virginia University College of Law.

He has served as an adjunct lecturer of law at the WVU College of Law where he has taught multiple tax and other course subjects. A frequent lecturer and seminar speaker, he is an expert on subjects that include tax, estate planning, trust law, tax-exempt entities, and choice of business entity.

He has practiced law in Wheeling, and is a member of the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC. His legal practice focuses on complex business transactions and tax planning. Prior to entering law school, he practiced as a CPA in Morgantown.

He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Ohio County Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers for Estate Planning & Probate, Corporate/Business and Tax law.

Croft currently serves on the board of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority, President of the Ohio County Schools Board of Education and other tax seminar boards. He is a member of the West Liberty University Foundation and was inducted into the WLU Alumni Wall of Honor in 2018.

He and his wife Jennifer have lived in Wheeling since 1999 and have four children, Amber Garlitz who resides in Lawton, Okla.; Taylor Croft, David M. Croft and Emily Croft, all who reside in Wheeling W.Va.

Doors open for seating at commencement at 9:30 a.m. and tickets are not required for fall commencement.

The Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on Topper Station and will be broadcast live on social media for those unable to attend. 

A reception for graduates, guests and families will be held in the College Union immediately following the ceremony. Parking will be available for guests behind the ASRC.