A news conference to introduce West Virginia Universitys 23rd president is planned for tomorrow (Friday, March 6) at 4:30 p.m. at the new Erickson Alumni Center Ruby Grand Ballrooms B&C.

The WVU campus communityfaculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, donorsand members of the public are invited to join Board of Governors Chairwoman Carolyn Long and other University officials for the announcement. A reception will follow in the Club Room.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Erickson Alumni Center.

The event will take place after the Board has selected the new president and the state Higher Education Policy Commission has given its approval.

The two finalists are Gregory H. Williams, president of The City College of New York, and James P. Clements, provost at Towson University (bios and photos available at http://presidentialsearch.wvu.edu/ ).

Those who cannot attend the news conference may participate by watching online. To view the live webcast, go to http://webcast.wvu.edu. (QuickTime 7which can be downloaded at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ is required.)

Following the announcement, look for biographical information about the president-elect and photo highlightsalong with comments from state, WVU and national higher education leadersat http://www.wvutoday.wvu.edu .

Also, WVU s Division of University Relations is producing a special video message and photo slide show to capture the moment. These will be featured at http://presidentialsearch.wvu.edu/ .

Meanwhile, members of the WVU community can send the new WVU leader a message of congratulations by e-mailing ” president-elect@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> president-elect@mail.wvu.edu .

C. Peter Magrath was named WVU s interim president last July, replacing Mike Garrison, who completed his service as president Sept. 1. Magrath will continue to serve until the permanent president begins his termlikely by July 1.