The West Liberty University Presidential Search Committee has narrowed the candidates for the next president of West Liberty University to two, Dr. Ron Dempsey and Dr. Stephen Greiner.
The names of the candidates were presented to the Board of Governors by Presidential Search Committee Chairman Les DeFelice at a meeting on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has unanimously accepted the recommendations of the Search Committee and hopes to select a new President from these two finalists,” said Chairman of the Board of Governors George Couch.
“We were blessed with many outstanding candidates and a dedicated, hardworking committee that reached a consensus that either Dr. Ron Dempsey or Dr. Stephen Greiner is the best candidate to lead West Liberty University,” Couch added.
“We are grateful to every person that applied and particularly those that took the time and provided so much professional and personal information to go through this intensive screening and interview process.”
Dempsey is a resident of Acworth, Ga. and has served as the vice president for University Advancement at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. since 2005. The university is now consolidating with Kennesaw State University.
Greiner is a resident of Hazard, Ky. and is the president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College, which is a comprehensive multiple campus public degree granting institution serving approximately 4,000 students in seven counties in eastern Kentucky.
The university’s presidential search began last spring, with more than 40 applicants after the position’s posting in May 2015.
Eleven of those 40 were invited to take part in a Skype interview in July, narrowing the field to eight who were then interviewed in Pittsburgh.
From there, the group was narrowed to four.
Those four candidates visited campus in September and met with faculty, alumni, students, select employees, and members of the community and other constituents.
After careful consideration, the field was narrowed to the two current candidates.
“As a result of the campus visits by the four candidates, the input to the Search Committee from the President’s Cabinet, students, faculty, program directors, chairs, deans, alumni, classified, and non-classified staff, donors, civic leaders, political leaders, business leaders, and friends of West Liberty had an overwhelming impact on the choice of the two very strong finalists. We are grateful to everyone that took the time to assist in this decision,” said DeFelice.
The Board of Governors will then send its presidential choice to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for final approval.
West Liberty University is expecting to have a president on board in time for the spring semester.