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Search Is On for West Liberty University’s Next President

Committee named to find new president

Photo by Joselyn King West Liberty University President Steven Greiner is shown during a Nov. 12 press conference in which he announced his pending retirement.

WEST LIBERTY –West Liberty University has announced the members of its 2019 Presidential Search Committee.

The committee will lead the search for the 37th president who will take office after the retirement of President Stephen Greiner on June 30.

“These members have agreed to serve on the committee that has the role of selecting the best presidential candidates to present to campus for interviews as our search moves forward,” said Pat Ford, chairman of the Board of Governors. “We know they will do their best and thank them for agreeing to serve on this committee.”

Greiner announced Nov. 12 that he would retire at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

He has agreed to stay longer if needed to assist with the transition. Greiner has served as president since Jan. 1, 2016.

The search committee includes representatives from the faculty, alumni, staff, and student body, along with members of the Board of Governors.

Created in accordance with the WLU Board of Governors Presidential Search and Selection policy, the committee makeup and process also follows the guidelines set by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Board of Governor members include:

∫ Jack Adams, retired business leader from McMurray, Pa.

∫ Kelly Baker, WLU administrative assistant

∫ Joseph W. Carey, CEO Carey Strategic Communications, New York

∫ Richard Carter, retired business leader from Wheeling

∫ David Croft, chairman of WLU’s Foundation Board

∫ Lucinda L. Fluharty, Wheeling attorney

∫ Robert Gall, WLU professor of philosophy and religion

∫ Rich Lucas, CEO of Main Street Bank, Wheeling

∫ William C. Mercer, Wheeling physician

∫ Kristina Williams, CEO FHLBank, Pittsburgh

∫ Isabella Yakicic, Sidman, Pa., student government president

Other members include:

∫ Scott Cook, WLU’s vice president of student services and registrar

∫ Katie Cooper, WLU’s director of financial aid

∫ Courtney Huffman, WLU professor of dental hygiene

∫ Nicholas Sparachane, community member and donor

Lucas was elected as chairman and Adams was selected as vice-chairman of the search committee. A national search is now taking place for WLU’s next leader and applications will be accepted through Jan. 31.

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