The West Virginia University Board of Governors on Monday (Jan. 6) approved a 20-member committee comprising a cross-section of the University community to search for the University’s next president.

BOG Chairman James W. Dailey II will chair the search and be a non-voting member of the committee. President E. Gordon Gee will serve as an advisor and non-voting member; Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, will also serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

The committee members were nominated by various constituency groups of the University or appointed by Dailey for the Board’s approval.

“I am excited by the people who have been asked to serve by the various constituencies,” Dailey said. “I have no doubt that this group will find the best person possible to take WVU to the next level.”

The Board unanimously approved the members selected by the various groups and appointed by Dailey. Additionally, the board authorized the committee to take all necessary steps to conduct its search and proceed with the steps outlined in the approved presidential search procedure.

In addition to Dailey, the committee members are:

From the Board of Governors:

  • Thomas V. Flaherty, BOG vice-chairman; attorney, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso, PLLC; Charleston, WV
  • Ellen S. Cappellanti, BOG secretary; attorney, Jackson Kelly, PLLC; Charleston
  • Diane Lewis; president, Action Facilities Management Inc.; Morgantown.

From the Faculty Senate:

From Classified Staff:

  • Paul R. Martinelli, program manager, WVU Extension Service.

From the Student Government Association:

From the WVU Foundation:

From the WVU Alumni Association:

  • John Fahey, chairman of the Alumni Association, senior vice-president United Bank Inc.; Morgantown.
  • Jack Rossi, immediate past chair of the Alumni Association, presiding member, Arnett & Foster PLLC; Charleston.

From the divisional campuses:

From the administration:

The Board has set a goal of having all applications in-hand by late February with a selection made and ready for HEPC confirmation by early June to be in place by the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.

At its December meeting, the Board adopted guidelines outlining the qualities and characteristics for the search committee to use. The characteristics focus on integrity, leadership, experience, scholarship and vision.

Among the specific characteristics are: high ethical standards and character; leadership and experience managing a complex research university with a comprehensive academic medical center; promoting a culture that embraces diversity; experience in state and national settings; an understanding of the land-grant mission; demonstrated fund-raising abilities; a record of scholarship and service; and a vision for the future, among other qualities.

Gee, who is not eligible for the permanent position, was named president effective Dec. 31, succeeding James Clements, who announced in November that he had accepted the position of president at Clemson University.

More information on the search is available at:



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