David M. Fryson is a Vice President for West Virginia University and heads the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
He formerly served as the Deputy General Counsel for WVU. He has practiced law for over 20 years in a variety of legal and advocacy settings. In addition to heading his own law office for many years, Fryson was an associate with Preiser Law Offices and McQueen and Brown Law Offices. Fryson served as staff attorney for the Honorable Randolph Baxter, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio, as senior attorney for the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner. He was counsel in successful and historic civil rights cases and other major litigation. He also served as the Chief Legal Official for two municipalities and, before becoming an attorney, served on the Governor's Economic Development staff for two West Virginia governors.
Fryson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from West Virginia State University and was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University.
Attorney Fryson has spent his life dealing with the issues of diversity. In 2001, he served a term as the National Vice-President for the legendary Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan's Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America establishing a national office in Washington DC. In addition, he has been involved with the National Associate for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Charleston Job Corps Centers and assisted with the establishment of West Virginia Multi-Fest the largest diversity gathering in the state.
Fryson is also an ordained pastor and has served as an elder and pastor for over 30 years. He was most recently the Chief Ministry Officer for the House of the Lord, a progressive, diverse church with a membership of over six thousand in Akron, Ohio. As Chief Ministry Officer, Pastor Fryson had oversight over all the more than thirty (30) ministries of the church, the nine (9) pastors and over 300 ministers, deacons and church leaders who served the congregation. In addition, he was President and CEO of the Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches, a consortium of over forty churches. Pastor Fryson is non-denominational but holds an ecclesiastical title as a member of the Joint College of Pentecostal Bishops.
Fryson is a dynamic speaker, an experienced attorney, mediator, innovative educator, manager, skilled musician, and an exceptional motivator. He is also known for his understanding of African-American political and cultural history, writes a statewide newspaper column for the Charleston Gazette and has often appeared as political commentator and pundit on radio and television programs such as Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval and West Virginia Public Television and Radio. His book, Bitter or Better: The Seven Principles – Why God Allows Adversity in a Believer's Life, is available nationally from Amazon.com. Fryson has been married to the extraordinary Joy Morris Fryson for 37 years and they have three children David, Jr., Aaron and Kristina and three grandchildren Aaron Allen, Jr., Aidan Allen and Elijah David.