Presidential finalists named; to visit South Charleston, Huntington campuses next week

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni:

I’m pleased to announce that following a national search, the presidential search committee has identified three finalists.

These finalists were selected following a very competitive search process. The quality of these candidates is testament to Marshall’s reputation and the opportunities our presidency affords.

The presidential finalists are, in alphabetical order:  Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, provost and executive vice president of Mississippi State University; Dr. Christopher G. Maples, president of Oregon Institute of Technology; and Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg, professor of marine science and former provost/vice president for academic affairs of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Each finalist will visit the South Charleston and Huntington campuses next week to meet with members of the university community. The schedule of candidate visits is as follows:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14:           Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg
  • Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 14-15:          Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert
  • Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16:                  Dr. Christopher G. Maples

CVs for each finalist and a schedule for the campus visits are available at

Please mark your calendar and take advantage of the opportunities you will have to meet and talk with these finalists, and to provide feedback to the search committee. The open meetings will be broadcast online at for the convenience of those unable to attend in person.

The following links to submit feedback about the candidate visits will be available on the website:

Wiesenburg: (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 14.)

Gilbert:   (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Oct. 15.)

Maples:   (Survey open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 16.)

All comments received will be given to the members of the search committee. Questions and comments also can be e-mailed to

After the campus visits are complete and the feedback has been reviewed, the search committee will present its recommendations to the Board of Governors for the final selection. The name of the selected candidate will then be forwarded to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for final approval.

We continue to anticipate the new president could be on board in time for the start of the spring semester.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of this process to date. Your input and continued participation will continue to be vital as we move from the search to welcoming the 37th president of Marshall University.

I particularly salute members of the search committee, each of whom has committed a great deal of time and energy to finding Marshall’s next leader.

You can continue to contact us with your comments and suggestions through the website feedback form or at


Best wishes,

Michael G. Sellards Chairman, Presidential Search Committee Chairman, Board of Governors