CHARLESTON, W.Va.¬†—¬†State Higher Education interim Chancellor Carolyn Long spoke briefly at the meeting of the state Board of Education Wednesday.

Carolyn Long

Long in her new role is also an ex-officio member of the state School Board. She said she looks forward to a strong partnership between higher education and K-12 education.

“I hope in my interim position, even though it may be short-lived, I certainly hope we can work toward some ways we can really make some progress of working together,” Long told the board.

Back on July 10, the Higher Education Policy Commission suspended its search for a new chancellor, agreed to place then-Chancellor Paul Hill in a paid position as an adviser and voted to bring on Long as an interim chancellor. She was the president at WVU Tech in Beckley at the time.

Long is also familiar with state and county school board issues. She was once the superintendent of the Braxton County school system. She said Wednesday that experience can help forge a good relationship.

“I’ve been a spokesperson for pre-K through 20 for many years. We have to do a better job of coordinating and finding a way for us to move forward,” Long said. “I look forward to us working together and I think we can do that.”

Long said Wednesday she doesn’t know how long she’ll be interim chancellor. A blue ribbon panel, appointed by Gov. Jim Justice, is currently studying the state’s higher education system and is expected to submit a report before the end of the year.

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