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UVa-Wise chancellor search committee appointed

A 15-member search committee has been named to assist in the selection of the next chancellor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan appointed the committee. Marcia A. Gilliam, chair of the UVa-Wise Board, will also chair the search committee.

“Broadly stated, the search committee’s role is to recruit, screen, and recommend the best candidates for the position of chancellor while maintaining complete confidentiality,” Gilliam said. “Each member expressed the importance of this decision, and agreed that we all have a large stake in the success of the candidate.”

A search firm, Greenwood/Asher and Associates of Florida, has been selected to assist the committee. President Sullivan will visit the campus later this month to meet with the search committee and representatives of the search firm.

 “I am grateful to the chair of the Wise Board, Marcia Gilliam for agreeing to serve as chair for this search,” President Sullivan wrote in a letter to the search committee. “Ideally, I would like the search committee to forward its recommendation to me in time to appoint a new chancellor to begin service in January 2013.”

David J. Prior, the college’s seventh chancellor, passed away suddenly on Feb. 2, 2012. He was appointed chancellor of the University’s only branch college in 2005. Under his leadership, the college celebrated the success of the “Fulfilling the Dream” campaign that funded new scholarships, endowed professorships and major capital projects. He led the largest building program in the college’s history and secured funding for additional projects.

“David set an exemplary standard for leadership at the college,” Sullivan wrote in the letter. “Although we cannot replace him, I am sure we will be successful in identifying an able and admirable successor.”

The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, University of Virginia representatives, UVa-Wise Board members, alumni, a parent and a student. Other committee members are: John Mark Adrian, Jewell Askins, Shannon Blevins, Mark Clark, Tami Ely, Marvin Gilliam, Jim Gott, Debbie Kilgore, Lewey Lee, Madison Savarese, John Simon, Jacob Somervell, Brenda Whitaker, and Dawneda Williams.

“In the spirit of David Prior’s vision and passion for our college, students, and region, I sincerely believe that the members of the search committee will fulfill their roles by conducting a thorough and successful search for the ideal candidate,” Gilliam said.

For more information of the news release, please contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.