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WVU committee narrows presidential field to 3; invites candidates to campus in April

on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 08:00

West Virginia University's Presidential Search Committee Chairman Steve Goodwin has announced official finalists for the 22nd presidency of WVU. All will visit campus the first two weeks in April to meet with various constituency groups.

They are:  Daniel O. Bernstine , President of Portland State University;  Michael S. “Mike” Garrison,  managing member of the Morgantown office of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC; M. Duane Nellis, Provost, Kansas State University.

“The finalists selected represent strong and varied backgrounds,” Goodwin said. “The c

ommittee is proud to forward the names of these accomplished leaders for further consideration by the Board. I encourage people to meet each of these candidates as they come to campus and see the strengths they offer us in continuing the great progress of WVU.”

Goodwin also thanked the 17-member search committee, who he said “worked very hard,” reviewing dozens of resumes, conducting reference checks and holding interviews.

"Our goal as a committee was to present several solid candidates with an eye for the future of this institution -- and we reached strong consensus in completing this last task," Goodwin said. "The search committee took their roles very seriously, and I am extremely appreciative of their dedication to the process. We had very busy people involved in this search, and each one of them gave it top priority and enthusiastically and unselfishly dedicated all of the necessary time to each stage in our process."

The finalists will meet on campus with students, faculty, staff and community members in scheduled forums the week of April 2-5 and week of April 9th. The specific times and locations within these days will be announced after the schedules are complete.