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WVU Presidential Contenders Down to Three

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.


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