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WVU BOG takes initial steps in University presidential search process

The outside of Stewart Hall is shown. The words Stewart Hall are etched in stone above a door.

Stewart Hall, which houses the University president’s office, is shown on the WVU Downtown Campus in Morgantown. (WVU Photo/Maggie Stakem)

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors is beginning to establish the process that will be followed for the hiring of the next University president.

During a special meeting Monday (March 18), the Board approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for BOG Governance Rule 1.3 — Presidential Selection, Contracts and Evaluation.

The new Rule outlines the guiding principles for the selection, employment and evaluation of the University’s president.

A 30-day public comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will begin Tuesday (March 19) and continue through April 18.

Additionally, the University has released a Request for Procurement proposal to engage a search firm to assist with finding the next president.

As announced last July, current President Gordon Gee’s contract ends June 30, 2025.

Since November, the BOG Ad Hoc Governance Committee, chaired by Dr. Patrice Harris, has been providing guidance to the Board on a number of matters, including the presidential search.

“This is a responsibility we take very seriously,” Harris said. “We will engage with campus communities, University stakeholders and other interested parties as we move through this process. We want to hear from all constituents and stakeholders, to understand their perspectives on the qualities, skill sets, attributes and capabilities our next president should have. This is an exciting time for West Virginia University, and we look forward to working collaboratively in the months ahead.”

The Committee continues to work on finalizing the timeline and will have more details at the April Board meeting.

The Board also approved the following during its Monday special meeting:

     • the sale of the University’s interest in real estate associated with Catamount Place in Keyser, the home of WVU Potomac State College,

     • and an agreement with Pete Dye Golf Course for collegiate memberships and the use of a practice facility for the benefit of the WVU Golf team.

View the March 18 BOG regular meeting agenda and meeting materials.

The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for April 12.



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