Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on November 13, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on November 13, 2013 @ 4:46PM
WVU's Board of Governors met for more than three hours on Wednesday to discuss the school's leadership moving forward. The board decided it will announce a plan to identify an interim president soon.
Former President Jim Clements is leaving to take the same job at Clemson University in South Carolina. He addressed the board at the beginning of the meeting. He said, "I believe the university is on a great path. It's been a great team success."
The Board of Governors will take all necessary steps to identify who the interim president will be. Officials said whoever that person is will not be considered as a finalist to become the school's 24th president.
According to a school press release, after the meeting, Chairman James W. Dailey II said the interim president will need to be someone who understands that WVU's 10-year strategic plan, developed by the University community, "will continue to serve as our guide - and a source of momentum - that will carry us through this transition."
"What is of upmost importance now is that we all continue to work together, he said. "We have a strong WVU leadership team in place, a great faculty-staff-student community, an active alumni, Foundation and donor base, a caring community and state, and a very engaged Board of Governors."
"Working together, we will continue to move this institution forward. After all, it's a team that makes great things happen."
Twelve Board members were present at Wednesday's meeting; three joined by phone and two were unable to attend. The board plans to meet again at a special meeting at 10:00 a.m. Thursday November 21.
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