Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next associate provost and director of the West Virginia University Extension Service.

The announcement was made today by Russell K. Dean, chair of the search committee.

The finalists are William H. Butler, associate director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks; David E. Miller, executive officer for government and community relations, West Virginia University; and James E. Sherwood, special academic assistant to the executive vice chancellor and provost, University of California, Berkeley.

All will visit Charleston and the WVU Morgantown campus over the next few weeks to meet with WVU Extension agents, specialists and staff. During their visits, they also will meet with other campus faculty, staff and major administrators as well as key constituent groups.

Im pleased with the breadth of experience and knowledge each candidate has to offer,Dean said.The person in this role is in the unique position to be a leader within the University as well as within the state, and our committee believes that each candidate possesses the ability to be such a leader.

Dean praised the search committee for their commitment and diligence in reviewing applications and conducting reference checks and interviews.

The committee was very committed to this process, and Im proud of their work,Dean said.The committee was representative of many aspects of the work of the WVU Extension Service, and each member took that role very seriously.

The complete schedule of candidate interviews will be released as soon as final arrangements are made, he said.

More information, including candidatesresumes, may be found on the WVU -ES Web ( ) underAssociate Provost Search.