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WVU BOG approves Rule, advances University presidential search

Stewart Hall is shown under blue skies in the spring.

Stewart Hall, located on the WVU Morgantown Campus, is shown on a spring day. (WVU Photo/Jennifer Shephard)

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The search for the next West Virginia University president moved forward Monday (May 6) as the WVU Board of Governors unanimously approved BOG Governance Rule 1.3 — Presidential Selection, Contracts and Evaluation, following a 30-day public comment period.

Submitted comments and University responses were posted online for the required 10 days prior to the special BOG meeting. The Rule, which will go into effect 15 business days from now, outlines the guiding principles for the selection, employment and evaluation of the University’s president.

“We appreciate the comments that were submitted and each one was carefully reviewed. Several resulted in revisions, including to the Presidential Search Committee nomination process and soliciting feedback,” Vice President and General Counsel Stephanie Taylor said. “We also clarified that the Board has not given itself any new authority regarding the selection of a new University president; rather, it is exercising the authority previously given to it under West Virginia law and as required by State Code.”

The Rule, a timeline, updates and details about the Presidential Search Committee are available at

A slate of Presidential Search Committee nominees from a variety of stakeholder groups is being developed now and will be recommended to the full Board for endorsement. Later this month, the Ad Hoc Governance Committee hopes to complete the RFP and announce the selection of a presidential search firm to assist in the process.

A robust series of listening sessions is anticipated through the summer. Those sessions will inform the search firm and the Presidential Selection Committee through the fall and winter with a goal of naming a new WVU president in spring 2025.

The Board anticipates another special meeting on May 29 to address the next steps in the presidential search process.

The next regular BOG meeting is scheduled for June 21.



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