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WVU Board of Governors approves presidential search committee

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors met Monday, Jan. 6 to approve a 20-member committee to conduct the search for the school's next president.

BOG Chairman James W. Dailey II will be chairman of the search and serve as a non-voting member of the committee, along with Interim President E. Gordon Gee, who will serve as an adviser. West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Chairman Paul Hill will serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

The BOG set a goal of having all the applications in-hand by late February and a selection prepared for the HEPC to confirm by early June so the next president can be in place by the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.

Gee became president effective Dec. 31 after James Clements announced in November he had accepted the position of president at Clemson University. Gee is not eligible for the permanent position.

The committee members include:

  • Thomas V. Flaherty, BOG vice chairman and attorney with Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso;
  • Ellen S. Cappellanti, BOG secretary and attorney with Jackson Kelly;
  • Diane Lewis, president of Action Facilities Management
  • Robert Griffith, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy and faculty representative on the BOG;
  • Carolyn Atkins, professor and director of undergraduate programs in speech pathology and audiology;
  • Matt Valenti, professor of electrical engineering;
  • Lisa Martin, senior project coordinator for the Office of University Events;
  • Dixie Martinelli, office administrator for the WVU Extension Service;
  • Paul R. Martinelli, program manager for the WVU Extension Service;
  • Colleen Beatty, a 2012 biology graduate from Upper Tract, W.Va.;
  • Liz Gulick, a senior majoring in elementary education and member of the WVU Honors college and co-captain of the WVU volleyball team from Wheaton, Ill.;
  • Paul Garton, senior philosphy and international studies double major from Jane Lew and this year's Mr. Mountaineer; 
  • Cynthia Roth, president of the WVU Foundation;
  • Susan Brewer, member of the WVU Foundation board and CEO of Steptoe & Johnson;
  • John Fahey, chairman of the WVU Alumni Association and senior vide president for United Bank Inc.;
  • Jack Rossi, immediate past chairman of the Alumni Association and presiding member of Arnett & Foster;
  • Carolyn Long, campus executive officer for WVU Institute of Technology;
  • Elizabeth Dooley, associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs and dean of University College; and 
  • Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.