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WVU board lists requirements for new president

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University Board of Governors is looking for someone to become the next university president who exhibits integrity, leadership, experience, scholarship and vision.

After three hours behind closed doors Friday, the board adopted a list of guidelines and characteristics that the presidential search committee will look for in a permanent replacement for Jim Clements, who resigned last month.

Clements -- who has been WVU president since 2009 -- will officially become president of Clemson University in South Carolina at the start of the new year.

Former WVU President E. Gordon Gee, who resigned as president of Ohio State University earlier this year, will act as interim president for WVU beginning in January while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent president.

The Board of Governors wants WVU's next president to have experience managing a "complex research university" with a comprehensive academic medical center, according to a motion approved in a meeting on Friday.

Other desired presidential characteristics the board will submit to the Higher Education Policy Commission include: high ethical standards and character; leadership and experience promoting a culture that embraces diversity; experience in state and national settings; an understanding of the land-grant mission; demonstrated fundraising abilities; a record of scholarship and service; and a vision for the future, among other qualities.

Faculty, students, staff, alumni, administrators and members of the WVU Foundation have until Jan. 2 to submit names of individuals they think should serve on the presidential search committee, which will be made up of a variety of constituency groups.

That search committee will be appointed by Jan. 6, with on-campus interviews expected to be conducted by April 26.

The board plans to select the next president, pending approval from the HEPC, on or before June 5.

Also during Friday's meeting, the board approved a new degree program in hospitality and tourism management in the College of Business and Economics.

The board also approved a new doctoral program in kinesiology and public health.

WVU Board of Governors members include Chairman James Dailey, of W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. in Martinsburg; Rob Alsop, attorney at Bowles Rice in Charleston; David Alvarez, of Energy Transportation LLC; Ellen Cappellanti, attorney at Jackson Kelly in Charleston; Thomas Flaherty, attorney at Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso in Charleston; Raymond Lane, former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in California; Diane Lewis, of Action Facilities Management in Morgantown; William Nutting, of Ogden Newspapers in Wheeling; Drew Payne, of Horse Creek Land and Mining Co., Spruce Boone Land Co. and Boone Coal and Timber Co. in Charleston; Edward Robinson, of E.L. Robinson Engineering; J.R. Rogers, partner at the Law Offices of J. Robert Rogers in Charleston; William Wilmoth, attorney Steptoe & Johnson in Wheeling; Dixie Martinelli, WVU staff representative, Lisa DiBartolomeo, faculty representative; Robert Griffith, faculty representative; and Ryan Campione, student body president.

A replacement on the board for Charles Vest, former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who died last week, has yet to be appointed.

Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.


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