MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors will continue working through a list of possible interim presidents for WVU on Thursday. The BOG will meet, in special session, at 10 a.m. at Stewart Hall in Morgantown.
“There’s been numerous names that have been provided to us from, really, all different types of entities and sources,” said James Dailey II, WVU BOG chairman, on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
Outgoing WVU President Jim Clements will officially become Clemson University’s President in January. Dailey said, even after his departure, Clements will serve as the template for his temporary replacement.
“We are, obviously, looking for an interim president who will continue on the same path that Jim Clements is going to leave us with and that’s one of growth and promotion and donor support and the interaction between faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dailey.
Dailey has said the search for a permanent replacement for Clements, who has been at WVU for almost five years, will take time. He said that means the interim president could serve for six months or more in Morgantown.
“The big search (for a permanent president) will not start until after we have the interim on board,” said Dailey. The state Higher Education Policy Commission sets the procedures for the hiring of a new university president.
Members of the state Higher Education Policy Commission will have to approve both the interim and permanent presidential selections.
After Thursday’s special meeting, the next regular scheduled meeting for WVU’s BOG will be on Dec. 20.