The Times West Virginian

December 6, 2013

WVU board approves interim president

Sources report Gee will be named today after HEPC action

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — At an emergency meeting Thursday, the West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved the selection of an interim president for the institution, but that selection has not officially been made public.

According to board chair James Dailey II, the information will be released to the public following approval from the Higher Education Policy Commission, which will consider the selection today.

Numerous reports, though, said former WVU President E. Gordon Gee will be named to the position.

Gee was WVU’s president from 1981 to 1985, after formerly serving as dean of the WVU College of Law.

Gee has also been president of Ohio State University, chancellor of Vanderbilt University, president of Brown University and president of the University of Colorado.

The individual appointed to the position of interim president will begin serving in that capacity beginning January 2014.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved the presidential search procedure, which will also go before HEPC today.

Board member Bill Hutchins said the search committee will consist of the chair of the board of governors (who will serve as a nonvoting member), three faculty members, three board of governors members, three members of the classified staff, three students, two administrators, two representatives selected by the WVU Foundation, two representatives selected by the WVU Alumni Association and one representative of the divisional campuses.

These actions follow last month’s announcement made by WVU President Jim Clements that he would be leaving the institution to serve as president of Clemson University.

The goal of the board is to select a president and seek approval from the HEPC on or about June 5, 2014.

Dailey said he has been very pleased with the progress that the board of governors has made in making these decisions for the university.

“I can’t express how happy I am with the spirited conversation and certainly the thoughtful process that we have just gone through over these last four meetings relevant to the selection of an interim president and the very in-depth process we have just gone through for the presidential search procedures,” he said.

“I really applaud each and every board member. I want the general public to fully know and understand that each board member was very much engaged in this whole process. It pleases me to know we’ve got such an outstanding board that spends the amount of time and effort they do because they care so much for the university and deeply understand the importance of what we’re undertaking.”

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.