MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University is inching closer to finding their next president.

Patrice Harris

Ad Hoc Governance Committee Chair Dr. Patrice Harris said a Presidential Search Committee, made up of representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups, will be selected through a nomination process. The committee will include the Board of Governors, faculty and staff, students, deans, WVU Athletics, WVU Medicine, WVU Foundation, WVU Alumni Association, regional campuses and at-large members.

It’s expected that over the next three weeks, the Ad Hoc Governance Committee will work with those groups and start on creating a list of nominees. The committee will then make a recommendation to the full Board for endorsement.

“A key priority of this Board and a critical part of the process will be soliciting input from stakeholders,” Harris said. “To that end, we are planning on-campus and statewide listening sessions, virtual and in-person, with key stakeholders. In addition to these listening sessions, there will also be an online survey that will further facilitate input from an even broader audience.”

Gordon Gee

A special Board of Governors meeting is planned for early May to finalize BOG Governance Rule 1.3, which is currently out for public comment. By late May, the committee said they want to complete the RFP and select a presidential search firm to assist in the process.

There are a series of listening sessions also anticipated through the summer. The sessions will inform the search firm and the Presidential Selection Committee throughout the year.

The committee is hoping to have a new WVU president chosen in spring 2025. Current President Gordon Gee’s contract runs through June 30, 2025.

The next regular BOG meeting is scheduled for June 21.