CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an emergency meeting this morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) unanimously approved the appointment of Gary G. White as interim president of Marshall University. The Marshall University Board of Governors selected White in an emergency meeting yesterday to lead the institution as the search for a permanent president moves forward.
“Gary White is exceptionally qualified to lead Marshall University during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Bruce Berry, the Commission’s chair. “West Virginia’s higher education system has benefitted immensely from his service, and we look forward to working with him in this critical role – and toward a bright future for Marshall University.”
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said, “I have known Gary White for many years and commend Marshall University for making an outstanding choice for an interim president. Gary is passionate about improving our state’s higher education system and will be a steady hand for the University while the Board of Governors searches for a permanent replacement for the late Dr. Kopp.”
White has served as a member of the Commission since August 2013, when he was appointed by Gov. Tomblin. He has resigned from the Commission to begin his duties as interim president.