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Dr. Clay Marsh serves as West Virginia University’s Chief Health Officer, focusing on finding statewide solutions for health and well-being, and is a national leader in academic and personalized medicine and in pulmonary and critical care. Additionally, he leads the academic health sciences center at WVU including the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health and co-leads WVU Medicine, West Virginia’s largest healthcare enterprise and largest employer. In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Marsh was appointed the COVID-19 czar by West Virginia’s governor in March 2020. In this role, he coordinates the state’s response to COVID-19 by collaborating with federal, state and local agencies, health officials, researchers and other agencies aiding in the effort. Through his talk, he hopes to address this time of transformational change and the underlying lessons many may be seeking. Although many may feel fear and threat right now, Dr. Marsh will speak on some very valuable lessons present today for all of us.