Search firm in West Liberty president search to have campus listening sessions in January

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — There will be on-campus listening sessions at West Liberty University to give stakeholders a chance to speak out on the search for the instiution’s next president.

West Liberty University’s Presidential Search Committee met Monday night via Zoom. The meeting included consultants from the AGB Search Firm, hired by the committee to lead the presidential search.

Following an executive session of 48 minutes, the committee authorized AGB to draft a tentative timeline to be approved by the search committee.

AGB consultants also indicated they will be holding on-campus listening sessions in early January 2023. Those consultants include Jerome Gilbert and Richard Wueste. Gilbert was the president of Marshall University from 2016 to 2022.

The meeting adjourned shortly after the motion.

The meeting was attended by Chairman Thomas Cervone, Jack Adams, Michael Baker, Arlene Brantley, Keith Bell, Sydney Burkle, Katie Cooper, John Dolan, Jamie Evick, Ryan Glanville, Dan Joseph, Karen Kettler, David McKinley, Chris McPherson, Jason Metz and Stephanie Shaw. Members unable to attend were Richard Carter and Richard Lucas.

AGB Search offers executive search, interim search, and compensation evaluation services exclusively for higher education institutions. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, it is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

West Liberty is seeking its 38th President after the Board of Governors declined to renew current President W. Franklin Evans contract which expires on Dec. 31, 2022.

The scheduled meetings of the committee that remain include the following days and times:

6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5
6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12

The next regular meeting of the full Board of Governors is Dec. 7.

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