The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor. The Commission has charged the Search Committee to identify a mature, student-centered, politically astute leader with proven skills in innovation, fiscal management, and creative problem solving. The Commission is the coordinating board for a system comprising 10 colleges and universities and serving a student population of 64,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Commission’s annual total budget is approximately $350 million. Because of the differing missions of the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Commission, the Chancellor’s oversight varies as to each.

The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and reports to the Commission, serving at its will and pleasure. The Chancellor also is a member of the West Virginia State Board of Education and several other state boards and commissions and exercises oversight for fiscal, academic, administrative, and health sciences education functions.


The Chancellor will be expected to undertake the continued work of the five-year Master Plan, contributing insights based upon national higher education trends and collaborating to reflect strategic directions sought for the well-being of the Commission, its students, and the state. As a statewide presence, the Chancellor will be a bold advocate of the universities and colleges–free of institutional or regional biases. Together with the Commission and institutional leadership, the Chancellor will address the issues of access to higher education, the achievement of success through degree completion, and the need to make a lasting, positive impact on the state’s economic future. The Commission community expects a staunch advocate, a stable presence, and an inspirational, collegial leader. The Chancellor should bring experience and skills in the following areas:


  • Appreciation for the mission, characteristics, and distinctive qualities of a diverse system of universities and colleges;
  • Capacity to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with K-12, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and sister institutions;
  • Business acumen with a record of success in fiscal management, budgeting, and implementation of higher education funding models;
  • Ability to establish rapport with multiple constituencies, including the Governor, Legislature and state agencies, institutional boards of governors, business, and residents from all parts of the state;
  • Student-oriented focus with experience in sound recruitment methods, retention, and enrollment management;
  • Commitment to an affirmative environment with a diverse, multicultural, inclusive culture in all levels of system work;
  • Working knowledge of information technology capabilities and applications in relationship to the delivery of higher education;
  • Ability to analyze data for the development and implementation of higher education policy;
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to be the statewide champion of the system;
  • Ability to resolve complex, strategic, and challenging problems and take decisive action;
  • Transparent and supportive team player, balancing presidents’ leadership with the work of the Commission’s staff;
  • Ability to listen carefully, communicate openly, and build a climate of candor, change, and continuous improvement;
  • Commitment to guiding and carrying out the Commission’s mission and policies;
  • Senior level administrative work in a higher education/system setting (preferred); and
  • Advanced degree required (terminal degree preferred).


Applications should be received by July 13, 2018. The application must include a letter of interest of not more than three pages; a current résumé (or Curriculum Vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers.

Applications will remain confidential until the finalist stage of the search. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. The new Chancellor will assume office by mid-fall 2018.

The Search Committee is being assisted by James McCormick, Janice Fitzgerald, and Tom Layzell, Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to  Additional Commission information may be found at  The consultants may be contacted at 651-238-5188,; 717-580-0663,;  and 217-691-0462,

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is an equal opportunity employer. To that end, the Commission endeavors to provide equal treatment in employment and provision of services to applicants, employees and those we serve without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or veteran status. The Commission provides a collegial, respectful and inclusive environment that values the diversity, creativity and contributions of its staff.