West Virginia University Search Committee Chair CurtisHankBarnette today (July 27) announced that Christopher C. Colenda, M.D, M.P.H., the Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of Medicine and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Texas A&M Health Science Center, will visit campus Aug. 2-3 as a Finalist for the Chancellor for WVU Health Sciences .

Open Forums with the health sciences community and main campus/community are set for Monday, Aug. 3. Times and locations for these sessions are:

-Aug. 3Open Forum at Health Sciences, Patteson Auditorium, Noon-1 p.m.

-Aug. 3Open Forum for Campus and Community, Erickson Alumni Center, 4 p.m.

Dr. Colenda earned degrees from Wittenburg University, B.A., chemistry; The Medical College of Virginia, M.D.; and Johns Hopkins University, M.P.H. He has been Dean of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Professor of Health Policy Management at Texas A&M since January 2003. In March, he became Vice President for Clinical Affairs.

His background also includes faculty and administrative roles at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University. He is licensed to practice medicine in Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and Virginia.

Dr. Colendas curriculum vitae and other information will be posted online at: ””:http://hscchancellorsearch.wvu.edu/ http://hscchancellorsearch.wvu.edu/

Comments will be solicited via paper and online forms as well as direct e-mail from individuals who participate in the search process by interviewing candidates, attending forums and/or reviewing the candidatescredentials.