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L. Jay LemonsPresident Casteen Names Interim Chancellor at U.Va.'s College at Wise

October 3, 2000 -- University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III traveled to U.Va.'s College at Wise today (10/3) to talk to faculty, students and staff about plans to replace their popular chancellor, L. Jay Lemons.

On Sunday, Susquehanna University named Lemons its 14th president after a nine-month search. He will formally assume the presidency early in 2001, but expects to spend some time at the Selinsgrove, Pa., campus this fall.

Casteen said George E. Culbertson, the college's provost and senior vice chancellor, will serve as interim chancellor while a national search is conducted. Culbertson, who graduated from what was then Clinch Valley College in 1957, has served in a number of academic and administrative positions since returning to the college in 1970 after teaching mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy.

"George will sustain the momentum that the college has developed under Jay Lemons' leadership," Casteen said. "He is respected as a senior leader not only at the University, but throughout Virginia. Legislators know him. The state's officials know him. And the Board of Visitors knows him and values his advice. We are fortunate that one who knows the college as well as George does is here at this particular juncture in its history."

Culbertson had previously announced his retirement as of Dec. 31, 2001. Casteen said the interim appointment would not change that date, as he expects a new chancellor to be in place by then.

He plans to name a search committee within the next several weeks, in consultation with the college's board. A firm that specializes in higher education presidential searches will assist the committee.

Contact: Louise Dudly, (804) 924-7620

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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