West Virginia University was among three state employers recognized by AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management as the nations best employers for workers over age 50.
WVU, WVU Hospitals and Monongalia General Hospital all earned top-15 rankings among the 50 companies nationwide honored in the biannual AARP Best Employer list.
"West Virginia is extremely fortunate to have employers that understand and value the important contributions of older workers," said AARP state director Gaylene Miller.
Miller said WVU, WVU Hospitals and Mon General have set a high standard for other employers to follow in developing exemplary policies toward workers aged 50 and older.
"Their progressive policies meet the needs of mature workers and benefit their organization. Each employer is well deserving of this national recognition," she said.
WVU was ranked seventh in the listing, while WVU Hospitals was ranked 12th and Mon General was ranked 15th. Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia and the District of Columbia were the only states or regions that had more than three businesses honored in the awards.
WVU's inclusion in the rankings makes it the second time in a row the university has been honored by the organization.
Margaret Phillips, vice president for human resources at WVU, said the continuing recognition "demonstrates that our commitment to our employees is a core way of doing business and not a fleeting attitude."
"Whether it be our benefits programs, our retirement planning seminars, our wellness initiatives, veterans programs or any other of the myriad programs we have in place for employees, we are always striving to make WVU an attractive place to work," Phillips said."This recognition will help us continue to attract experienced employees to keep WVU at a high level," she said.