CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University has narrowed its search for a new president to three candidates.
They are Portland State University President Daniel Bernstine, former Higher Education Policy Commission Chairman Mike Garrison and Kansas State University Provost M- Duane Nellis.
Garrison and Nellis both have ties to W-V-U.
Garrison has a bachelor's degree in political science and English literature, and a law degree from W-V-U and has been an adjunct political science professor since 2002.
Nellis was dean of W-V-U's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for seven years before accepting the Kansas State post in June 2004.
Bernstine has held several positions at Howard University in Washington, D-C. If selected, he would become W-V-U's first black president.
The three men seek to replace David C- Hardesty Junior, who is leaving the 275-thousand-dollar job after 12 years.
A final decision will be made by the Board of Governors and must approved by the Higher Education Policy Commission.