The school's board of governors announced Friday that it had chosen Mike Garrison over Kansas State Provost M- Duane Nellis, a former W-V-U dean.
Garrison has received some criticism because of his political connections. The 38-year-old W-V-U alumnus was chief of staff to former Governor Bob Wise, a former state secretary of Tax and Revenue and is a recent chairman of the state Higher Education Policy Commission.
Students and faculty were divided on the two finalists. Earlier this week, the Faculty Senate adopted a resolution declaring Nellis the only candidate with the right qualifications.
But student body President David Kirkpatrick and Vice President Jason Parsons endorsed Garrison.
At an appearance on campus Tuesday, Garrison said he wants W-V-U to become nationally prominent and join the Association of American Universities.
He said W-V-U competes well athletically with other A-A-U members and needs to continue to compete academically as well.
About Mike Garrison
MICHAEL S. GARRISON
Hometown: Born in Fairmont, lives in Morgantown.
Family: He and wife Heather Malone Garrison have two daughters, ages 2 and 4.
Occupation: Attorney with Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC of Morgantown.
Education: Law degree from WVU College of Law, one year at Oxford University, bachelor's degree in political science from WVU.
Other positions: Member of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; member of Promise Scholarship Board of Control; adjunct instructor at WVU; chief of staff to former Gov. Bob Wise, 2001-2003; state secretary of Tax and Revenue, 2001; associate with Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, 1996-2001; associate with Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff and Love, PLLC of Charleston, 1999.