CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University's Board of Governors will meet again Thursday to decide on a plan for the school's leadership after the departure of its president next month.
That's just one day ahead of the state Higher Education Policy Commission's next meeting, where the commission will likely be asked to approve parts of the plan.
HEPC must approve the selection of the interim president, compensation and the plan for the search for a long-term president in the coming months. All of that is on the agenda for the Friday meeting, complete with a potential executive session to discuss personnel issues - specifically the presidential search and approval of an interim president.
WVU's Board of Governors met Tuesday for the third time since President Jim Clements announced that he would leave the university in January. The bulk of all of these meetings have been in closed sessions, which are allowed per state code as board members discuss personnel issues.
On Tuesday the board spent nearly three hours in a closed session. When they emerged, board chairman James Dailey said they would meet in an emergency session at 10 a.m. Thursday to "hopefully take action regarding the interim president and finalize the procedures for the permanent president position in order that we may take those to HEPC at their meeting on Friday.
"I can't express how sincerely pleased I am with the interaction of this board," he said. "I think ... that we've made great progress and I think the discussion we've had regarding the future leadership has been well worthwhile. It further compounds our need to work with one another."
Clements announced his departure suddenly in mid-November. He will take on his role at Clemson in mid-January.
He has been at the university for five years. He came to WVU in 2009, in the aftermath of a degree scandal that rocked the university and forced the departure of his predecessor, President Mike Garrison, and other top administrators.
When Clements took his position at the helm, following interim president Peter Magrath, he was the university's third new president in as many years.
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