CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University will officially begin advertising that it's looking for a new president within the next few days.
Although the WVU Board of Governors has named an early June deadline to select its next leader, that's an "on or about" date, said board Chairman Jim Dailey
"The most important thing to us is not having those set deadlines . . . , because you have to have flexibility in everything you do in life," Dailey told Gazette editors Thursday. "We don't want to shorten our opportunities in hiring whatever superstar may be out there. We aren't going to cut ourselves short."
E. Gordon Gee, former Ohio State University president who also served as WVU's president more than 30 years ago, is serving in the position again while the board conducts a nationwide search for a candidate to more permanently replace Jim Clements.
Clements resigned from the WVU presidency in November and is now the president of Clemson University. Gee is not a candidate for the permanent position.
The board wants to have all applications in by next month.
"We would like for Gordon to be here as long as we can keep him here, I'll tell you that, but he does have commitments, and we have commitments. So we're going to try to work within those timeframes, but he may stretch his commitment farther than the six-month period," Dailey said. "It just depends on the quality of the candidates we get and the number of people we get to apply."
The last WVU presidential search -- which resulted in Clements' hire -- took about five months, Dailey said, but he says he's hoping for a more thorough search this time.