CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission voted Tuesday to approve the selection of Tracy Pellet as Glenville State College president, as well as authorize expanded search procedures in the presidential search at Fairmont State University.

Pellet currently serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the College of Coastal Georgia.

“We are eager to work closely with Dr. Pellett as he leads Glenville State College during such an important time for higher education in West Virginia,” Commission chancellor Paul Hill said in a news release.

Pellet will replace Peter Barr on July 1. Barr took office in July 2006.

The commission also approved the expanded presidential search procedures for Fairmont State University. The move came at the request of its board of governors. The search was expanded following a lawsuit filed by two professors for alleged violations of the state’s Open Meeting Act.

Current president Maria Rose is set to retire June 30.

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