WVU to Announce Interim President

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University’s Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously approved the selection of an interim president.

The person’s name is expected to be made public today.

That announcement will be made following approval by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission members at today’s regularly scheduled meeting set to be held in South Charleston.

The HEPC will also consider proposed procedures and guidelines for the national search – along with the proposed search panel composition and timeline – to replace Jim Clements as he prepares to take over the helm at South Carolina’s Clemson University in January.

If approved, the new interim president will take office in January and reside at Blaney House as well as “fully participate in the active life of a university,” Board of Governors Chairman Jim Dailey II said.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our selection to lead the state’s flagship, land-grant university during an important time in our history,” Dailey said. “This individual is uniquely qualified to move WVU forward and continue the momentum we are enjoying. We are anxious for our new president to arrive in the new year, and hope that folks will get a chance to say hello and welcome very soon.”

Thursday marked the fourth emergency meeting since Clements’ resignation was made public Nov. 11, and it was held via telephone rather than at the university’s Morgantown campus.

Although most of the executive session discussion was closed, board members voted in public on two motions made by faculty representative Lisa DiBartolomeo.

The first motion authorized Dailey to “take all necessary steps to negotiate and complete the personnel action” discussed in executive session, including the submission of all necessary documents to the Higher Education Policy Commission.

The second motion dealt with providing any other documents and communication necessary to complete the proposed search procedure approval process.

On Tuesday, Higher Education Policy Commission communications director Jessica Tice confirmed today’s meeting agenda included a possible executive session to discuss personnel, including the WVU presidential search and possible approval of an interim president.

Dailey previously said the interim president would not be considered as a permanent replacement for Clements, who spent nearly five years in Morgantown and is credited for moving the university ahead in many areas such as private giving, enrollment, academics research funding and economic development.