The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University has named five faculty members to the inaugural class of the Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

The fellows, who were chosen based on application materials, recommendation letters from administrators in their college and face-to-face interviews, will spend the 2015-2016 academic year with part-time appointments in the Office of the Provost, working closely with the Provost Joyce McConnell and one or more associate provosts on major academic initiatives.

“We were excited to launch this program, but we are even more excited now that we have our Fellows in place,” McConnell said. “With these extraordinarily talented and dedicated individuals working closely with my office, we can accomplish great things this year.”

The WVU Academic Leadership Fellows for 2015-16 are:

Lesley Cottrell, Pediatrics.
Lisa DiBartolomeo, World Languages, Literature and Linguistics.
Michael Ibrahim, School of Music.
Jennifer Orlikoff, Women’s and Gender Studies.
Jennifer Steele, Sociology and Anthropology.

McConnell is confident that the program will not only continue, but even grow in the coming years.

“The applications were astonishingly strong across the board, and proof that we have so many talented faculty members on campus with leadership potential,” she said. “We need to tap that talent for the good of the university and also to help our future leaders achieve their potential.”



CONTACT: Ann Claycomb; Office of the WVU Provost
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