The Times West Virginian

December 4, 2013

WVU still seeking interim president

BOG making progress on search, plans to meet again Thursday

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — Although no official action has been taken, the West Virginia University Board of Governors is making progress in the naming of an interim president.

WVU President Jim Clements announced last month that he would be leaving WVU to become the president of Clemson University. Since then, the board has had discussions regarding candidates who could serve in the position as interim president as well as the procedure for naming a permanent president.

During a special meeting Tuesday morning in Stewart Hall, the board entered into executive session to discuss personnel matters related to the future leadership of the university and the presidential search process.

After more than two hours, the board reconvened. Board chairman James Dailey II said he is happy with where the board currently stands in the process of making a decision.

“I can’t express how sincerely pleased I am with the interaction of this board,” he said. “I think that without a doubt, this Board of Governors has been as diligent and worked as hard as any I have ever been associated with. I think as a result of that, we’ve made tremendous progress over the last three meetings.”

While the board did not take any action upon returning from executive session, Dailey said meaningful topics were discussed.

“I think the discussion we had concerning the position of interim president and the discussion we had concerning the procedure to search for a permanent president have been well worthwhile,” he said.

An emergency meeting has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, during which the board will continue its discussions.

“Hopefully, at that time we will take up additional discussion with respect to the interim president and also hopefully finalize the procedures for the permanent president’s position in order that we may be able to take those to HEPC (Higher Education Policy Commission) for their meeting on Friday,” Dailey said.

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