MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University's Board of Governors on Wednesday authorized board Chairman James Dailey to identify candidates to serve as the school's interim president to replace James Clements, who announced this week he would be taking the president's job at Clemson University.
The board also authorized Dailey to begin the process for a national search for the next president.
Both motions were introduced by staff representative Dixie Martinelli and passed unanimously.
WVU's interim president will not be a candidate for the permanent presidency, according to the first motion. Additionally, the second motion called for the development of a procedure that will govern the search process to be brought back to the board for adoption.
After the meeting, Dailey said the interim president will need to be someone who understands that WVU's 10-year strategic plan, developed by the university community, "will continue to serve as our guide - and a source of momentum - that will carry us through this transition."
He thanked the board for its diligence and input in the process since Monday's announcement.
"What is of utmost importance now is that we all continue to work together," Dailey said. "We have a strong WVU leadership team in place, a great faculty-staff-student community, an active alumni, foundation and donor base, a caring community and state, and a very engaged board of governors.
"Working together, we will continue to move this institution forward. After all, it's a team that makes great things happen."
Clements met briefly with the board at the meeting's start and thanked members for their understanding and support, and the opportunity to serve WVU.
The board will reconvene in a special meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 21.