"That was a limited search. The search firm hired primarily focused on credentials and background," he said. "We feel that, in order to capture a superstar, we need to expand that to a much broader and bigger playing field."
Dailey said he's optimistic about a speedy search process because he believes top-notch candidates will come out to apply for the job. So does Gee, who called the job one of the best in the country.
There's another reason Gee believes the search shouldn't take that long: Not many people qualify.
"This is a very unique institution. It is Michigan and Michigan State combined; Indiana and Purdue combined; it's Iowa and Iowa State combined. It's a major research university, but it's also a land-grant institution, which means, in the end, that there are very limited number of people with the kind of expertise you need to have," Gee said. "So that allows [the board] to be more focused. Rather than having potentially 150 people who might take on the opposition, it's a more limited pool.
"This I do know: that they have no one in their middle drawer they have selected. I do know that. I think that's important."
More information on the search for WVU's next president can be found here.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.