West Virginia University has launched a national search for a vice president for health sciences. The successful candidate will join WVU President Gordon Gee’s executive leadership team and report directly to the president.

“WVU’s responsibilities in advancing the health of this state are a core part of its mission,” Gee said. “We are seeking a leader who will take bold steps to ensure that the next generation of students, the patients in all our health facilities, and the people of West Virginia have access to the very best the world has to offer.”

The vice president will oversee WVU’s five health sciences schools – Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health – and three health campuses in Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg. In addition, he or she will have a leadership role in the network of University-affiliated hospitals and health professionals that provide healthcare on the three campuses and at other locations across West Virginia.

The new vice president for health sciences will fill the roles previously held by Chancellor Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH, who was recently named president and CEO of West Virginia United Health System, the regional hospital system affiliated with WVU. Dr. Colenda will continue to serve in both roles until the new vice president is named.

Gee named a 15-member screening committee, led by Jay Cole, Ph.D., the University’s chief of staff, to guide the search process. Other committee members are:

WVU has engaged Korn Ferry, an internationally prominent executive search firm with extensive academic and healthcare experience, to assist the committee. Korn Ferry representatives will meet with search committee members and leaders at the HSC over the next several weeks to develop a plan and schedule for the search.

To apply for or nominate a candidate for the vice president position, please contact John Ferry at John.Ferry@kornferry.com or Warren Ross at Warren.Ross@kornferry.com.



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