West Virginia Universitys Presidential Search Committee Chairman Steve Goodwin has announced official finalists for the 22nd presidency of WVU . All will visit campus the first two weeks in April to meet with various constituency groups.

They are: Daniel O. Bernstine , President of Portland State University; Michael S.MikeGarrison, managing member of the Morgantown office of Spilman Thomas&Battle PLLC ; M. Duane Nellis , Provost, Kansas State University.

The finalists selected represent strong and varied backgrounds,Goodwin said.The committee is proud to forward the names of these accomplished leaders for further consideration by the Board. I encourage people to meet each of these candidates as they come to campus and see the strengths they offer us in continuing the great progress of WVU .

Goodwin also thanked the 17-member search committee, who he saidworked very hard,reviewing dozens of resumes, conducting reference checks and holding interviews.

“Our goal as a committee was to present several solid candidates with an eye for the future of this institutionand we reached strong consensus in completing this last task,”Goodwin said.”The search committee took their roles very seriously, and I am extremely appreciative of their dedication to the process. We had very busy people involved in this search, and each one of them gave it top priority and enthusiastically and unselfishly dedicated all of the necessary time to each stage in our process.”

The finalists will meet on campus with students, faculty, staff and community members in scheduled forums the week of April 2-5 and week of April 9th. The specific times and locations within these days will be announced after the schedules are complete.

Brief bios of the finalists follow: *

*Daniel O. Bernstine

Daniel O. Bernstine was appointed President of Portland State University, effective Aug. 1, 1997. Prior to that time, he served as Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1990 to 1997. He served as General Counsel of Howard University from 1987 to 1990 and also as the Interim Dean of Howard University Law School from 1988 to 1990.

President Bernstine graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. degree in 1969, from the Northwestern University School of Law with a J.D. degree in 1972, and received his LL.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1975. He received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, in 1999, and from Waseda University, one of the top two

private universities in Japan, in 2003. In addition, Bernstine was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from Nizhny Novgorod Linguistic University in May 2004.

In 2005, Bernstine was awarded the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award in recognition of his work in internationalization in higher education. He was given the International Citizen Award by the Oregon Consular Corps in 2004.

From 1972 to 1973, Bernstine was a staff attorney with the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, and from 1974 to 1975, he was the William H. Hastie Teaching Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

From 1975 to 1978, Bernstine was Assistant Professor at Howard University Law School. He joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in 1978 and was on leave of absence from Wisconsin while serving as General Counsel and Interim Law School Dean at Howard.

Bernstine has been a visiting law professor at the University of South Carolina, the University of Bridgeport, the Inter-American Comparative Law Institute at the University of Havana Law School in Havana, Cuba, and Justus-Liebig-Universitat in Giessen, Germany.

He has served as a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Multi-State Torts Drafting Committee and the American Law Institute. Additionally, he has served on the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Accreditation, and the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.

Bernstine is a member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance. He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Portland and former Board member of the United Way of Columbia-Willamette. Among his other activities, he served as a member of the Governors Commission on Postsecondary Education and Financial Aid as well as the Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature.

Michael S. Garrison

Michael S.MikeGarrison is an attorney who currently serves as the managing member of the Morgantown office of Spilman Thomas&Battle PLLC .

Garrison is the immediate past Chairman of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and member of the West Virginia University Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Since 2002, Garrison has served as an Adjunct Professor for the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Political Science.

Garrison is a former Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Tax and Revenue and a former Chief of Staff to Gov. Bob Wiseholding the distinction of being the youngest Chief of Staff in the nation at that time. He was widely recognized for his work as a public servant as he was named as a Toll Fellow for excellence in Public Management in 2003 by the Henry Toll Fellowship Program of the Council of State Governments.

In 2004, Garrison was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans

(TOYA) by the United States Junior Chamber or Jaycees for his public service with the state of West Virginia. While serving as Secretary of Tax and Revenue, Garrison was instrumental in establishing legislation providing a funding source for the statewide PROMISE Scholarship Program, a merit-based scholarship initiative for West Virginia students graduating from high school.

Garrison is a native West Virginian who resides in Morgantown with his wife, Heather Malone Garrison, also an attorney, and their two daughters, Julia Grace and Gabriella Malone.

He is an honors graduate of the WVU Eberly College of Arts&Sciences with degrees in Political Science and English, and an honors graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

During his undergraduate career at WVU , Garrison was elected Student Body President, a member of Mountain Honorary, and Captain of the Mens Rowing Team. In 1992, Garrison was selected as a Rotary International Scholar and attended the University of Oxford before returning to WVU for law school.

M. Duane Nellis

Dr. M. Duane Nellis became Kansas State University’s Provost in June 2004, after serving for seven years at West Virginia University as Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU ’s largest academic college.

As Provost, Dr. Nellis serves as chief academic officer of K-State, which has more than 23,000 students, 1,500 faculty, a budget of over $683 million, and research funding that exceeds $197 million. Twelve deans and 10 other units, including the offices of the Vice Provost for Academic Services and Technology and the Vice Provost for Research, report directly to Provost Nellis. Dr. Nellis also serves as a representative of the President and in place of the President during his absence.

As Provost, Nellis has built on the legacy of successes that have characterized President Wefald’s tenure at K-State. His priorities include moving the university to among the top 10 nationally relative to similar land grant institutions; strengthening K-State’s national leadership in selected strategic areas through targeted excellence investments; continuing to strengthen K-State’s position in forward-looking faculty profiles and individualized assignments; bolstering K-State’s recognized leadership position as a student-centered university through restructuring and creation of new programs that augment student learning opportunities (such as through greater service learning and leadership training, a revitalized honors program, enhanced international student opportunities, and more innovative extended learning programs); continuing to enhance diversity and civic engagement among faculty, staff, and students; fostering creative uses for information technology to better serve the university community, citizens of Kansas, the region, and the world; and creating a more entrepreneurial university to benefit the State and university while aggressively pursuing outside resources that will help K-State achieve new levels of achievement.

Upon completing his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1980 in geography, with a specialization in remote sensing and natural resource systems, Nellis accepted his first academic appointment at Kansas State University where he moved up rapidly in rank and administrative responsibilities. Prior to his departure in 1997 for WVU , Nellis served as head of K-State’s Department of Geography, and then Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

At WVU , Dean Nellis led a highly successful capital fund raising campaign, oversaw the planning and construction of a new $50 million Life Sciences building, provided leadership resulting in numerous faculty- and student-centered successes (including the establishment of a new Center for Writing Excellence, and a Math Learning Institute, among others); as well as revitalizing the WVU Press and strengthening social justice and related diversity programs across the college and university.

In his professional role, he has served in various leadership positions and boards. Nellis recently served as President of the Association of American Geographers, one of the largest professional geography organizations in the world. He is also past President of the National Council for Geographic Education, past President of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographic Honor Society, past President of the Kansas Academy of Sciences, and currently serves as an executive committee member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Chief Academic Officers.

Nellis is recognized nationally and internationally for his research utilizing satellite data and geographic information systems to analyze various dimensions of the earth’s land surface. This research has been funded by more than 50 grants (as principal investigator and co-principal investigator) totaling more than $3 million dollars from sources such as NASA , National Geographic Society, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This research has taken him to such far away places as Botswana, where he has analyzed processes of desertification due to overgrazing on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert. His research has led to over 100 articles and reports in a wide range of professional journals, and 11 books and book chapters. He has given over 100 professional presentations and has been invited to speak at over 60 universities and related settings internationally.

He has been further recognized internationally for his research and teaching through numerous awards, such as being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Honors from the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the AAG ’s John Fraser Hart Award for Excellence in Research, and the Outstanding Contributions Award by the AAG ’s Remote Sensing Specialty Group. In addition, he received the Young Research Scholar Award by the Institute of British Geographers, K-State’s University Outstanding Teaching Award and University Advisor of the Year Award and, while at WVU , the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice.

Nellis was born in Spokane, Wash., and spent his youth in northwest Montana. He completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State University before pursing his graduate work at Oregon State University. He is married to C. Ruth Nellis, who served as project coordinator for the new WVU library building projects and as interim Director of the Health Sciences Library at WVU during their time in Morgantown. She is currently Director of Knowledge Resources for the National Institute for Technology Acquisition and Commercialization, an affiliate of K-State.

Duane and Ruth have two sons, Jonathan and Jason.

Each finalist will also meet with members of WVU s Board of Governors during their campus visit. The Board expects to select WVU s 22nd president at the panels April 13 meeting in Morgantown.

David C. Hardesty, Jr., who became WVU s 21st president in July 1995, announced his retirement from the presidency last August. It will be effective Sept. 20, 2007.

Biographical information provided by the candidates.