CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The search for West Virginia University's next president will be overseen by a 20-member committee composed of a cross section of the school's constituencies.
WVU's Board of Governors appointed the committee in a special meeting Monday, beginning the process to select WVU's new permanent president. Board members have said they hope to have received all applications by mid-February and to make their selection over the summer, in time for the 2014-15 school year.
Nominations for the committee were submitted by governing bodies of the various constituencies: the Board of Governors, Faculty Senate, classified staff, Student Government Association, WVU Foundation, Alumni Association, divisional campuses and administration.
The committee is authorized by the Board of Governors to take any actions necessary for the presidential search, as outlined by the board's plan for that search. That includes a list of desired "characteristics" revolving around integrity, leadership, experience and scholarship, as well as the board's proposed timeline for the search process.
The search committee will be led by Board of Governors President Jim Dailey, who will serve as a non-voting member. He'll be joined as a non-voting member by the university's new temporary president, E. Gordon Gee, and Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
The committee will be composed of 20 voting members from across WVU:
Board of Governors: vice-chairman Thomas V. Flaherty, board secretary Ellen Cappelanti and board member Diane Lewis