West Virginia Universitys president said Wednesday (June 28) that he believes Gov. Cecil Underwoods appointments to new higher education governance boards opens a new chapter for education in the state.

“The vast majority of appointees who will be involved in new governance for WVU are well-known and have a wealth of experience in higher education,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.”I think they will provide excellent transition leadership, and we are looking forward to working with them to develop strategies to move the University forward. We are very appreciative of the care Gov. Underwood and his staff exhibited in making these appointments.”

Underwood announced appointments Wednesday (June 28) to a new higher education oversight body, or Policy Commission, made up of seven lay members, plus the state superintendent of schools and the secretary of education and the arts. This nine-member board will replace the current university and college systems boards effective July 1. Interim governance will be provided by an Interim Governing Board also appointed by the governor from July 1 until July 1, 2001, when the Policy Commission will take over after a year of planning and transition.

The governor also appointednew boards of advisors for individual institutions, including WVU , Thursday (June 29).