James P. Clements , current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University in Maryland, was named president-elect of West Virginia University Friday (March 6) and will become the Universitys 23rd president, effective June 30.

Clements, 44, is a first-generation college graduate who has experienced the transformative power of higher education.

Beth and Iand our familyare excited and honored by todays decision,Clements, a native of Arlington, Va., told a crowd of faculty, staff, students and others who gathered at Erickson Alumni Center for the news conference.

During this process, I have not only had a chance to meet with the search committee and Board but the people who make up this great University, and you all have one very important thing in common: You love this place and are full of energy and ideas. I cant wait to call Morgantown and WVU home.

Following Friday’s announcement, Clements sat down with interim President C. Peter Magrath to discuss his excitement for the University and leading WVU into the future. To view the video, click on the image above.

Press release: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/news/page/7556/

President-elect Web site: http://presidentelect.wvu.edu/