Why do M. Duane Nellis and Michael S. Garrison want to be the next president of West Virginia University?

Dr. Sharon Ryan, chair of the Department of Philosophy in WVU ’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, knows the answer to that question and several others posed to the two presidential finalists.

Nellis and Garrison are the two most recent persons to participate in the philosophy department’s”THE QUESTION “project.

�€~THE QUESTION “came to life Oct. 21, 2005, at the second annual Philosophy Department Reunion. After a modest beginning with alumni and local children tackling every day questions such as”When is war OK?”and”What is a friend?,”the project gained the attention of the national news media after being featured at the 2007 Gator Bowl Mountaineer Fan Center when players, coaches and fans were askedWhat is a team?andIs Winning Everything?

More than 25 million Americans have now read or heard aboutTHE QUESTION from Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other state, regional and national media outlets.

More than 17,500 persons from 125 countries have viewedTHE QUESTION ‘swebsite athttp://thequestion.blogs.wvu.eduand nearly a thousand have offered their own answers to a variety of philosophical inquiries.

Garrison and Nellis were asked to weigh in on five questions:

  • Why do you want to be WVU ’s next president?
  • Why do you think you would be a great WVU president?
  • What do you think are WVU ’s biggest challenges over the next five years?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for WVU in the next five years?
  • Is there anything you would like the WVU community to know about you that does not show up on your resume?

THE QUESTION ’s blog is open for people to ask the candidates other questions until Friday, April 13, when the WVU Board of Governors is expected to make its selection of WVU ’s next president.

“Both candidates agreed immediately to participate,”said Dr. Ryan.”Both of them already knew all about THE QUESTION , and they seemed genuinely pleased to participate. They trust THE QUESTION as a place to share their job qualifications, their personal goals and their visions for WVU .”

She added,”Obviously, I am pleased that they were willing to take the time to answer THE QUESTION ,”she added.”THE QUESTION is and always will be a place to share ideas openly and respectfully. I appreciate how seriously both candidates took this opportunity to share their thoughts with the WVU community.”

To read the answers, go to:http://thequestion.blogs.wvu.edu
p. For more information, contact Ryan at Sharon.Ryan@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3641 ext 33305.