HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall University Board of Governors met in executive session Monday morning on the Huntington campus to select the university’s next president from among the three finalists who visited campus last week to meet with students, alumni, faculty, administrators and members of the community.
When the board resumed its regular meeting, members unanimously passed a resolution to approve the candidate selected in executive session, subject to the successful negotiation and execution of a contract and the required final approval of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
According to Michael G. Sellards, chairman of the board, the name of the successful candidate will be released when those final steps are complete. He added that the board hopes to be able to announce the new president within the next week.
“This is an exciting new chapter for Marshall University and the board is thrilled with this selection. We look forward to introducing the new president and first lady as soon as we can tie up the last couple of loose ends.”
He also thanked the members of the search committee and everyone who has participated in the process to select the new president.
The three presidential finalists were, in alphabetical order: Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, provost and executive vice president of Mississippi State University; Dr. Christopher G. Maples, president of Oregon Institute of Technology; and Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg, professor of marine science and former provost/vice president for academic affairs of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The search committee has said it anticipates a new president could be on board in time for the start of the spring semester.