CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University Board of Governors is looking for someone to become the next university president who exhibits integrity, leadership, experience, scholarship and vision.
After three hours behind closed doors Friday, the board adopted a list of guidelines and characteristics that the presidential search committee will look for in a permanent replacement for Jim Clements, who resigned last month.
Clements -- who has been WVU president since 2009 -- will officially become president of Clemson University in South Carolina at the start of the new year.
Former WVU President E. Gordon Gee, who resigned as president of Ohio State University earlier this year, will act as interim president for WVU beginning in January while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent president.
The Board of Governors wants WVU's next president to have experience managing a "complex research university" with a comprehensive academic medical center, according to a motion approved in a meeting on Friday.
Other desired presidential characteristics the board will submit to the Higher Education Policy Commission include: high ethical standards and character; leadership and experience promoting a culture that embraces diversity; experience in state and national settings; an understanding of the land-grant mission; demonstrated fundraising abilities; a record of scholarship and service; and a vision for the future, among other qualities.
Faculty, students, staff, alumni, administrators and members of the WVU Foundation have until Jan. 2 to submit names of individuals they think should serve on the presidential search committee, which will be made up of a variety of constituency groups.