West Virginia Universitys Presidential Search Committee this morning (Feb. 14) selected the candidates whose names they will be forwarding to the Board of Governors for consideration for the presidency of WVU , Chairman Gene Budig announced.

The search committee, Budig noted, was charged with accepting candidate applications, reviewing materials, interviewing candidates and forwarding nominations for the position to the Board.

During the Presidential Search Committee meeting this morning, the committee concluded its current discussions about candidates,he said.After executive session, the committee passed a motion to forward candidates to the Board of Governors. The names and backgrounds of the selected candidates will be provided confidentially to the Board after the candidates have been notified and indicated their willingness to proceed in this search.

Budig said that process will take place in the next day or so.

The presidency of WVU generatedsignificant national interest,he added, describing the applicants asvery well-qualified, highly experienced and well-regarded.

We were pleased to have the difficult task of closely examining numerous strong applications to identify the candidates who will fulfill the institutions needs and be a great fit for WVU and the state of West Virginia,Budig said.It is with great pride that the search committee will submit to the Board of Governors a list of exceptional candidates for their consideration.

Budig thanked the search committee, which has been meeting since October.

Members of the search committee have demonstrated great dedication to this process through the time they have committed, their willingness to share thoughts and reactions openly and honestly, and their sincere efforts to identify candidates in the best interests of the University and in the state,Budig said.The University community owes members of the search committee a debt of gratitude for their excellent and tireless work.

In accepting what she described as amagnificent group of candidates, BOG Chairwoman Carolyn Long thanked Budig and the committee for their exceptional work.