Committee, Executive Search Firm Named To Select Next Chancellor
1, 2000 -- A
fourteen-member search committee has been appointed to help direct
the selection of the next chancellor of The University of Virginias
College at Wise. The group will begin work immediately, with top
candidate recommendations expected in the spring of 2001.
The committee includes faculty, staff,
a student, and representatives from the UVa-Wise Board and the University
of Virginias Board of Visitors. Members of the search committee
are: William Crutchfield, chair of the UVa-Wise Committee of the
Board of Visitors; M. J. Dixon, UVa-Wise Student Government Association
president; Tami Ely, director of the UVa-Wise annual fund; Dawn
Gilbert, Don Green, Larry Munsey, Don Pippin, Ruby Rogers, and Henry
Winkler, all members of the UVa-Wise Board; Gary Juhan, vice chancellor
for student affairs; Shelia Schmuck, associate professor of nursing
and chair of the UVa-Wise Faculty Senate; Rachel Tighe, assistant
professor of communication; and Brian Wills, associate professor
of history and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy.
The search committee will be chaired by William Sturgill of Norton,
who also chairs the UVa-Wise Board.
"UVa-Wise is beginning this search
from a position of strength thanks, in large part, to the work of
Chancellor Jay Lemons," Sturgill said Wednesday. "Although we hate
to lose Chancellor Lemons, this search offers UVa-Wise an opportunity
to think about where it wants to be and what it wants to achieve
in the next decade."
The search committee members were
announced today during an afternoon meeting of the UVa-Wise Faculty
Senate. Members were notified of their selection in an Oct. 27 letter
from U.Va. President John T. Casteen III.
"Under Jay Lemons leadership,
the college has gained great public respect for the quality of the
educational programs it provides and has made a real difference
in the lives of many people in the region it serves," Casteen wrote.
"Your help in recommending its next chancellor will be vitally important
to the future of The University of Virginia's College at Wise."
In the letter, Casteen requested
that the group to forward its recommendations for the next chancellor
to him "in time to appoint the new chancellor by the end of the
2001 spring term." According to UVa-Wise Boards bylaws, President
Casteen will review the UVa-Wise Boards top candidate or candidates,
designate a nominee for the chancellorship and make a recommendation
for formal election by the Board of Visitors.
Lemons, who will leave his post as
UVa-Wise chancellor in early January, was named the 14th president
of Susquehanna University in October by the Pennsylvania colleges
board of directors. A private undergraduate institution with 1,600
students, Susquehanna University is the top regional liberal arts
college in the North, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Chancellor of UVa-Wise since 1992,
Lemons came to the College after serving as chief of staff in the
presidents office at U.Va. During his tenure, Lemons has directed
a variety of important projects including the Colleges 1999
name change. In the last two years, UVa-Wise has been listed among
the Souths top public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and
The search committee will be assisted
in its work by Education Management Network, an executive search
firm in Massachusetts. A division of Witt/Kieffer, Education Management
Network has recently been engaged in searches for presidents at
The University of the South, Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
and Susquehanna University.
Nancy A Martin, senior vice president
and co-director of EMN/Witt/Kieffer, and Lucy A. Leske, a consultant
with the firm, will work with the search committee. Martin and Leske
anticipate meeting with the committee several times during the coming
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
George E. Culbertson will serve as interim chancellor until a new
chancellor is named. A graduate of UVa-Wise with a doctorate in
mathematics from Virginia Tech, Culbertson returned to the College
in 1970 after six years as a math professor at the United States
Naval Academy. During his 30 years at the College, Culbertson has
served in a variety of administrative roles including registrar,
associate dean of the college, acting vice chancellor and dean,
chief financial officer, and dean.
Contact: Jane Meade-Dean, (540) 328-0130