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WVU President Search

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A West Virginia University professor wants to change the way the university selects its president.

Sherman Riemenschneider is chairman of the WVU math department.

He says the search process that named Morgantown lawyer Mike Garrison as WVU's new president was flawed.

Riemenschneider plans to introduce a motion Monday at the WVU Faculty Senate meeting that would call for the state Legislature to appoint an independent commission to look into the search process.

WVU's Board of Governors last month named Garrison to succeed the retiring David Hardesty.

While student body leaders backed Garrison, the Faculty Senate endorsed the other finalist for the job, Kansas State University Provost and former WVU dean Duane Nellis.

Garrison has limited academic credentials but was chief of staff under Democratic Governor Bob Wise.

He has many political and personal ties to the school and the search committee that made him a finalist.

Riemenschneider says the independent commission should be made up of people outside West Virginia's political arena so it can offer unbiased advice.

Board of Governors Chairman Steve Goodwin defends the search process as fair and open


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