Pres. Search Advisory Committee


The Presidential Search Advisory Committee for West Virginia State University has been officially announced. The committee is charged with recommending candidates for a new president to the WVSU Board of Governors (BOG). Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr. has announced that he will retire as president on June 30, 2012.

The Committee is chaired by BOG member Vincent Williams and co-chaired by Dr. John Thralls. The 15-member group consists of representatives of WVSU faculty, staff, students, members of the community and BOG members.

The Presidential Advisory Search Committee members are:

Chair – Vincent Williams, Esq., Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Tennessee Attorney General

Co-Chair - Dr. John Thralls, retired higher education administrator; former Interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission

Charles Patton - President and Chief Operating Officer for Appalachian Power, a major utility company serving approximately one million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee

Robert "Steve" Stephens - WVSU alumnus and retired Brigadier General ; current Vice President for External Relations for Clayton (GA) University

Mark Kelley, Esq. - former WVSU student body president and graduate of WVU School of Law; member of the WVSU Foundation Board; attorney practicing with the firm of Ray, Winton and Kelley, PLLC

Francis Guess - Executive Director, Danner Foundation, a multi-million dollar family philanthropic organization and former Executive Vice President of the Danner Corporation, a company which owns Fifth Quarter, Wendy's and Davy Crockett's Roadhouse restaurants

Diane Strong-Treister – President of Manpower WV serving West Virginia and Kentucky; currently President, Charleston Rotary Club; served on West Virginia Workforce Development Board

Casey Guet - WVSU Student Government Association Vice President and honor student from Lewisburg, WV

Sandy Maharaj - WVSU Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education; holds an Education Specialist Degree in Student Development; National Board Certified Counselor

Dr. Trevellya "Tee" Ford Ahmed - WVSU Professor of Communications/Media Studies and Outreach Liaison for the Office of International Affairs; earned a PhD in Mass Communications from Ohio University; serves as advisor to Tower Communications, a student-run public relations firm

Dr. John R. "Jack" Magan - WVSU Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, earned a PhD in Physics from Lehigh University; tutor/trainer for Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County

Larry L. Rowe - Chair of the WVSU Board of Governors; former State Senator; former member of the State Ethics Commission; attorney practicing in Malden, WV

Larry Salyers - WVSU Board of Governors member; Senior Vice President, United Bank; WVSU alumnus

Dr. Ann Brothers-Smith - WVSU Board of Governors member; President of the WVSU National Alumni Association; retired educator and executive, Detroit Public Schools

William Lipscomb - WVSU Board of Governors member; WVSU alumnus; member of the WVSU "W" Club Sports Hall of Fame; Re-Entry Specialist with KISRA Organization

Dr. Paul Hill, Interim Chancellor of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission, will serve as an ex-officio member.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates will act as search consultant. The company is experienced in executive search, consulting, and training for education institutions They have successfully consulted on executive searches with colleges and universities across the country including Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Virginia, Wayne State University, University of Illinois, and University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Millie Booker , Board of Governors member as Classified Staff Representative, will serve as the Presidential Search Administrator.

On Friday, January 20, WVSU will hold a series of forums in 130 University Union to gather input on qualifications for the new president. Greenwood/Asher Associates will gather comments from constituent groups and present them to the WVSU Board of Governors at a 1 p.m. meeting also in the Union.

The first meeting of the WVSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be on January 25 at 1 p.m.

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