UPDATE: WVU Interim President Won't Hold Permanent Job

UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 5:20 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The next interim president at West Virginia University won't be a candidate for the permanent job.

The WVU Board of Governors approved a motion Wednesday authorizing a process to identify potential candidates for the interim post.

The board also decided the interim president wouldn't be in line to take over permanently for the outgoing Jim Clements, who was named president at Clemson University on Monday.

The board also authorized a search for a permanent president. The board voted that it first must adopt the procedures governing the search.

“What is of upmost importance now is that we all continue to work together,” Chair James W. Dailey II said. “We have a strong WVU leadership team in place, a great faculty-staff-student community, an active alumni, Foundation and donor base, a caring community and state, and a very engaged Board of Governors."

The board voted during a brief public session that followed a meeting in executive session.

The Board will reconvene in a special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/11/13 @ 11;38 a.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia University President Jim Clements is leaving his post to take a job at Clemson University.

The Clemson Board of Trustees made the announcement Monday. Jim Clements will be the university's 15th president.

The West Virginia Board of Governors issued a statement on Monday thanking Jim Clements for his service.

"Since the hiring of Jim Clements in 2009, West Virginia University has experienced unprecedented success in many areas – private giving, enrollment, academics, research funding, health care, community service, economic development and so much more,” said BOG Chair James W. Dailey II. “Of course he will say it is because he has had a great team, but it’s more than that."

Dailey says Clemson is getting a "national-caliber leader."

“I want to personally thank him for his leadership and vision, as well as his friendship. And on behalf of the WVU Board of Governors and a grateful University, we wish Jim and Beth – and the entire Clements family – all the best as they transition to a new home at Clemson University."

President Clements issued a letter to the WVU Community shortly after the university announced his departure.

"I wasn’t looking to leave WVU. In fact, when I first was called I simply responded that I love WVU, the students, faculty and staff and the community. However, after much thought, reflection and prayer, Beth and I decided that this is an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up," Clements writes.

Clements succeeds Jim Barker, who announced in April that he planned to retire after 14 years and become an architecture professor at the school.

Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins says Clements is the right fit for Clemson, adding he understands the unique mission of land-grant universities.

Wlkins praised Clements' job at West Virginia University, saying the college set records in private fundraising, enrollment and research funding during his tenure.

The university is now working on a plan for interim leadership and then a permanent plan for who will replace Clements, according to a news release. Dailey says the university will announce its new leadership plan in the coming days.

Clements previously worked as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University in Maryland.

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