BECKLEY, W.Va. — Shortly after the announcement that WVU Tech President Carolyn Long had been temporarily appointed as interim chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Commission, an interim president for the school has been named.

Carolyn Long

“I have loved my time serving the students, faculty and staff at WVU Tech,” said Long. “I will miss working directly with my Golden Bear and Mountaineer families.”

Long has served as WVU Tech’s president for seven years and was instrumental in the school’s recent move from Montgomery to Beckley. WVU President Gordon Gee praised Long’s dedication to WVU Tech.

“Carolyn is a force of nature and has achieved the near-impossible while at WVU Tech. She stepped in at a crucial time in the institution’s life and rebuilt it – literally and figuratively – into a dynamic, growing institution. Her guiding hand will be missed in Beckley, but I look forward to working together in her new role.”

West Virginia University

Gerald Lang

WVU Provost Joyce McConnell has appointed Gerald Lang to fill the vacant seat. Lang has served in a variety of roles at WVU including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and provost. He most recently was campus provost in Beckley.

“The higher education community of our state is deeply fortunate to have Carolyn Long stepping into the interim leadership at HEPC, and we are just as fortunate to have Jerry Lang stepping in as interim president at WVU Tech,” said McConnell. “Jerry has tremendous wisdom and vision and will provide the leadership that our Beckley Campus needs.”

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