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The Board of Governors of West Virginia State University (WVSU) is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest and nominations of candidates to become the next President of this outstanding University. The next president has an opportunity to lead WVSU to new levels of institutional achievement and distinction, in part by building on the legacy of the institution and the existing strengths and accomplishments. The ideal leader will bring both stable leadership and dynamic changes to the University at a critical time in its history. WVSU seeks a leader who will embrace and foster the rich heritage and identity of West Virginia State University as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) that has transformed to meet the needs of the community. The next president will demonstrate a commitment to the University’s historical focus on the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, civic engagement, and social justice.

WVSU has made significant progress during the past decade and seeks to continue on a path of growth and innovation while it continues to address its long-term issues of funding and development. WVSU offers a comprehensive set of undergraduate degree programs across the arts, liberal arts, social sciences, sciences, and technology. As well, the university maintains quality programs in business and education. Advanced programs include biotechnology, social work, media, criminal justice, and political science. The University has also developed online programs across several disciplines, some in conjunction with their extension work.

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Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by June 1, 2020. To assure full consideration, complete applications should include:

  • A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experience is applicable to the position, opportunities and challenges, qualifications, and personal attributes expressed in the leadership profile;
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé; and
  • Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each individual.

References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to:

The search is assisted by:

Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant, (253) 861-7738 /

Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant, (912) 247-8661 /

West Virginia State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For a detailed statement of its practices, see: