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Jackson chosen as interim president at WVU Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — WVU-Parkersburg Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr. Torie Jackson was named interim president at the school Tuesday by the WVUP Board of Governors.

Dr. Torie Jackson

Jackson will begin her new role July 1. She’ll replace current WVUP President Chris Gilmer who is leaving Parkersburg to become president at West Virginia University Potomac State College at Keyser.

The motion to choose Jackson followed a nearly two-hour executive session by the BOG. There was one BOG member who voted against Jackson’s appointment.

Jackson thanked the BOG for the opportunity.

“You know that I love WVUP and I will do my absolute best to continue the vision that we have and move forward in the right direction,” Jackson said.

Chris Gilmer

The approved motion didn’t set a length of the appointment or a salary. Jackson’s pay will be determined by the state Council on Community and Technical Colleges.

The motion does allow Jackson to be a candidate for the permanent job when the search begins.

WVUP Board of Governors Chairman Steve Hardman thanked Gilmer for his four years of service.

“I can say that we are a better college, a better university because you have been here,” Hardman said.

Despite its name, WVU Parkersburg is its own community and technical college and is separate from West Virginia University.

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