MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Provost Michele Wheatly is leaving the post after five years and her replacement will be WVU College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell. University President E. Gordon Gee announced the changes Tuesday.
Gee said Dr. Wheatly, who was hired by former WVU President Jim Clements, gave “extraordinary service” to WVU. The work included the 2020 strategic planning process and reaccreditation efforts.
“I have great respect for Michele and wish her all the best as she continues her contributions to—and leadership in – higher education,” Gee said of Wheatly.
A university news release didn’t specify a reason for Wheatly leaving the post or where she would be going. The change will take place July 1.
Gee decided to appoint Law School Dean McConnell without a search. He said she is the “right person at the right time.”
“She also understands the bold vision of a major land-grant university and its primary mission to serve our state and its citizens. Her commitment to this University and to West Virginia is evident; it’s truly a passion,” Gee said.
McConnell said she was surprised and honored by the appointment. She’s been dean for six years.
Professor Gregory Bowman has been named interim dean at the College of Law. A national search will take place for a permanent dean.