MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sources confirmed to MetroNews late Thursday afternoon that E. Gordon Gee will be named interim president at West Virginia University Friday. 

The WVU Board of Governors made its choice in a closed door meeting Thursday but chose not to release the name until the state Higher Education Policy Commission approves the action at a meeting set for Friday morning.

There’s been considerable speculation pointing toward Gee, who most recently was the president of Ohio State University. He served as WVU’s president from 1981 to 1985.  Before that, Gee was dean of the WVU College of Law.

BOG Chairman Jim Dailey II said after Thursday’s meeting he was very pleased with the results.

We are absolutely thrilled with our selection to lead the state’s flagship, land-grant university during an important time in our history,” Dailey said in a prepared statement. “This individual is uniquely qualified to move WVU forward and continue the momentum we are enjoying. We are anxious for our new president to arrive in the new year, and hope that folks will get a chance to say `hello and welcome’ very soon.”

The BOG also agreed on a search process for the permanent president.

(Read proposed search procedure here.)

Dailey said there’s been a lot accomplished in the few weeks since current WVU President Jim Clements was introduced as the next president at Clemson University.

“I can’t express how happy I am with the spirited conversation, certainly thoughtful process, that we’ve gone through during these last four meetings,” Dailey said. “I really applaud each and every board member.”

State code requires personnel moves like the naming of an interim university president get final approval from the HEPC. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. Friday.

The BOG hopes to choose a permanent president on or about June 5, 2014. It hopes to have on-campus visits with the finalists the last week of April. The search committee will be chosen by the first week of January and the position will be nationally advertised by mid-January.

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  • thornton

    I believe "sources" told MetroNews Mr. Gee a bit before Thursday afternoon.

  • Matt

    Everyones missing the point of Gee being brought in is to smooth everything over with wv radio and Raese..I for one want mind I miss hoppy and Tony during pre game show

  • Chef Camille

    Is this a joke! What the hell is this racist mook resurfacing here. WVU is a joke.

    • richard

      Where did you get that he's a racist?

    • Martinsburg Resident

      He made an off the cuff statement about Catholics... quit Race Baiting Chef Sharpton!

  • Medman

    Don't you just love these people whose lives focus on the athletic programs and the win/loss ratio. They have no ability to comprehend what the mission of WVU is about and could care less about the academic and service aspects of our university and how that relates to finding a competent President.

    • realitycheck

      that's why 9 out of the top 10 commented stories are always about WVU sports.... when your state has the lowest percentage of college grads in the country you tend not to care about big issues.

  • D.Williams

    Somebody goofed! That is mot a WVU picture. WVU MOUNTAINEERS not bulldogs!

  • wvrefugee

    BOG, underachieving as usual! FAIL. On a brighter note, maybe Gee will publicly denounce the Catholics and Notre Dame like he did last year!!

    • Youngandsuccessful

      You are an idiot. Gordon Gee's resume includes Brown University, an ivy league school no less. Furthermore he is considered one of the top 10 university presidents of all time. He was amazing when he was at WVU in the 80s and he will be even better now. Hopefully he cleans the cupboard while he is here.

      • Guardian

        Don't forget he was president at Vanderbilt and at The Ohio State University twice. Every school at which he has been president, with the exception of WVU, have been AAU members - the cream of the crop.

        • realitycheck

          I'm sure half the negative folks on here don't even know that Brown is a university.

  • wvrefugee

    Let's hope he keeps his bow tie budget under a 100k here!

  • CaptainQ

    Gotta give Hoppy K. credit, he called this yesterday! Hoppy said this would be a good idea. We shall see.......

    • Habib Haddad

      And, for what it's worth, I am with the Hopster on this. E. Gordon Gee is an inspired selection. The bloviating class need to realize the BOG selected a person that loves WVU. As one who also loves WVU and what she represents to ALL her stakeholders, I am pleased.

  • beechurst

    Considering Gee is absolutely assinine! After making a fool of himself elsewhere, he will soon make another gaffe and bring more (deserved) ridicule to WVU.
    The university has sunk to an all time low!!!!

    • Allen

      Gee is here to do one thing and one thing only. Hire the next President for WVU.

    • Mike

      We're lucky to have him. He has great stature. Until we hire some nobody from Towson who will us a steppingstone.

    • Hillbilly

      If the recent attempted joke "gaffe" as you call it is the worst he can do, that is a plus for WV..

  • William

    Ist thing -
    Fire Dana "The Man in Black" Holgerson
    Fire Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins
    They have both been a embarrassment to The State of West Virginia!

    • Guardian

      You got the money to pay the cost?

      Rubbish. I'm not a disciple of Holgorsen, but I'm also not an idiot that would throw $11 million of good money away.

      As far as Huggins goes, he's one of us - warts and all. A very wise man once said, "then let he who is without sin cast the first stone." All of us are less than perfect - but Bob Huggins is immensely qualified for the job he holds and holds WVU almost as dear to himself as he does his wife and daughters.

      • wvu1

        Yes! U are right. William is so very wrong about bob. One of the very best coaches we've had at wvu.

      • wvrefugee

        I thought he said, "it's the devil we know vs. the devil we don't know?"

      • WVU MOM

        I think Hugs is the best! It's good, no great, to have a coach who loves this place as much as he does. We could not be more fortunate in a B-ball coach. Holgerson is another story. I am also reluctant to buy him out at $11M but the man has got to go.

      • Jephre

        +1. Guardian hit the nail on the head.

    • Brennan

      You must be a complete idiot if you think Bob Huggins is anything but a class act and the best coach we have had and maybe will ever have at WVU. Holgorsen might be another story. But Huggins cares more about this state and university than anyone I have ever known which is saying something

    • Jeffrey JR

      William u are stupid!!! In no way has Huggins embarrassed WV. Just look how much $$$$ he personally has brought to the state!! And University!!

    • Hailey

      And if your real name was posted here Willie you would be an embarrassment to your family...very sad and very true

      I do like screwing with you though, it's like a girl fight

    • realitycheck

      yep, it's all about sports. that's all that matters, right? 49th of out 50 for a reason.

  • Jim

    Public entities representing public and taxpayer monies done in secret!

    • Guardian

      Privacy in personnel matters supercedes the "right to know" in these sorts of situations. Chill . . .

      • Greg

        Jim probably thinks the state legislature should call a special election and let the voting public select their man from a pool of candidates. That always seems to work out well doesn't it? See Congress.

  • 100% Fact

    It will be Dean McConnell of the Law School

  • The Professor

    even money it is the Law School Dean

  • Richard

    Will he have the courage to stand up and remove Luck and holgorsen?

  • Michael

    Lets hope Hoppy is correct and Gordon Gee comes back to Morgantown!