Fairmont State University presidential search narrowed to 12

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The search for a new top executive at Fairmont State University, aided by search firm Buffkin/Baker has been reduced to 12 candidates.

“The Committee is thankful for all of the work Buffkin and Baker have done for and alongside us,” said Dr. Chuck Shields, search committee tri-chair sent in a late week news release.

Applications and nominations will continue to be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed; the initial application/appointment deadline was February 17. At that point, the search committee began reviewing applications and scheduling preliminary meetings. Eighty-four applications were received, and, after initial screening by Buffkin and Baker, 23 were forwarded to the full Search Committee for consideration.

The full search committee narrowed the field to 12 candidates for first-round interviews in a meeting last week. The interviews will be held off-site on April 3-6 with the full search committee. It is expected that on-campus interviews will take place toward the end of April.

“We are hopeful that our next president will be one of the 12 candidates that will meet with the committee in the coming weeks,” said Shields. “The Search Committee is pleased to have such a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates from which to choose. We know Fairmont State is a wonderful place and are glad others see that too.”

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