7 Dec

Following acceptance of the WVU Tech Revitalization Report by LOCEA, WVU will appoint a Transitional Executive Officer to lead the institution for at least one year as we move to the next stage of planning for Tech’s future. In preparation for this transition, WVU has sent two delegations to Tech to listen to input from constituent groups (faculty, staff and students). The first delegation (December 1) was comprised of WVU faculty, staff and student leadership. The second delegation (December 5) consisted of Provost Michele Wheatly and Senior Associate Provost Russ Dean, who solicited input on the leadership attributes required at Tech at the present time. Both delegations reported high attendance at the meetings and a candid exchange of information.

Based upon these discussions, a list of attributes for the Transitional Executive Officer for WVU Tech was developed. Desired attributes include the following:

• Excellent listening skills with an ability to build consensus among various constituent groups both on and off the Tech campus.

• Strong communication skills and an ability to work transparently and collaboratively in decision-making.

• A keen ability to develop and convey future possibilities that are reasonable.

• An understanding of both the main campus and Tech cultures that will forge effective working relationships.

• A comprehensive understanding of higher education governance.

• Proven experience with organizational change

• Experience in the West Virginia political arena and an ability to effectively articulate Tech’s needs to key legislators and other State leaders.

Nominations and applications for this position should be presented to Senior Associate Provost Russ Dean at rkdean@mail.wvu.edu before close of business on Friday December 9, 2011 in a letter addressing the attributes listed. We plan to move swiftly to identify a leader from amongst the nominees/applicants.

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