Campus Provost Candidates Announced, Interviews Begin April 10

CONTACT: Russell Dean, WVU senior associate provost

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Candidates for the campus provost at Potomac State College of West Virginia University will visit both the school's campus and the main West Virginia University campus in Morgantown beginning Tuesday, April 10.

“We are very excited to have three highly qualified candidates," said Russell Dean, senior associate provost at WVU and chair of the search committee. "They have a broad range of administrative experiences and a commitment to higher education, particularly the Potomac State mission.”

The three candidates are Cindy Kelley, dean of academic affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg; Leonard A. Colelli, dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology at California University of Pennsylvania; and Warren Myers, associate dean for academic affairs at WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Cindy Kelley
In addition to serving as dean of academic affairs, Kelley is also a professor of education at WVU-Parkersburg. In that role she is responsible for the college’s Student Development program, faculty professional development, early admission program, Transitions program and the Leadership Academy. She works with the Outcomes Assessment Committee to monitor the institutional assessment plan and works closely with all division chairs to facilitate academic program development. 

Cindy KelleyWhile at WVU-Parkersburg, Kelley has been involved in the writing of more than $1million in grants for various programs and initiatives.  Before becoming academic affairs dean, she served as associate dean of academic affairs and chair of the Teacher Education Program. 

In 2008, Kelley spent a year as an American Council on Education Fellow.  She worked in the office of the vice chancellor/director of academic affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, where she attended legislative update meetings, legislative committee meetings and legislative hearings.

Kelley is a member of several state and national organizations.  She is currently president-elect of the National Association for Community College Teacher Education Programs.  She also serves as secretary for the American Council on Education Council of Fellows.

Much of her recent work has focused on student success and retention, developmental curriculum redesign, non-traditional education programs and policy review.  She is also involved in leadership development activities on her campus. Kelley teaches classes each academic year and in November 2010 was appointed as a lead in HLC continuing accreditation efforts.

Kelley earned a B.A. degree from Glenville State College, an M.A. in education from West Virginia University and completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Ohio University.

To view Kelley resume click here. pdf

Kelley will be on the Potomac State campus Tuesday, April 10, 2012. She will meet with the community/alumni/press at 10 a.m. in the Davis Conference Center;  lunch with students at 11:45 a.m. in The Commons dining facility in University Place; faculty at 12:30 p.m. and staff at 1:45 p.m. both meetings  in the Davis Conference Center.

Leonard Colelli
Colelli has served as dean Cal U's Eberly College since January of 2000. He has more than 30 years of teaching and managerial experience at the secondary, community college and comprehensive baccalaureate/masters degree levels, currently supervising more than 90 full-time faculty and more than 2,500 undergraduate students in eight academic departments with more than 30 associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. 

Leonard ColelliHis major accomplishments include re-focusing the teaching-learning paradigm in his college with an historic 160 year Cal U mission in teaching and student learning; a 75 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment (more than 1,000 students); more than $1.2 million in outside revenue from a successfully managed dual high school/college enrollment program; more than $5 million in learning facility renovations; the addition of nine new program accreditations; and the development of more than 13 academic degree programs including a highly flexible A.S. in technical studies and B.S. in science and technology designed to quickly meet specific needs of non-traditional students in emerging areas of the economy.

He also earned “Trustee Associate Level” in philanthropy for five consecutive years in support of scholarships and endowments in the University Foundation (currently in the “Top 25-50 Lifetime Giving Category” at Cal U).

Colelli earned a baccalaureate in industrial arts education (Cal U), a master’s in industrial education (University of Maryland), and a Ph.D. in industrial technology Education (The Ohio State University). He been involved in many service related activities including leadership roles on numerous academic committees as well as advisory boards such as the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center and the Mon Valley Community Education Council.

To view Colelli resume click here. pdf

Colelli will be on the Potomac State campus Thursday, April 12, 2012. He will meet with the community/alumni/press at 10 a.m. in the Davis Conference Center;  lunch with students at 11:45 a.m. in The Commons dining facility in University Place; faculty at 12:30 p.m. and staff at 1:45 p.m. both meetings in the Davis Conference Center.

Warren Myers
Myers is a tenured professor in the Statler College, which has approximately 130 current tenure-track faculty, 290 staff and 3,000 undergraduate and 750 graduate students.  He is past chair of the College's Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department and is a certified industrial hygienist

Warren MyersMyers has B.S. and M.S. degrees from WVU, an M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from WVU. He has more than 14 years of academic administrative experience. His administrative experience at both the university and college level has included student enrollment and retention, fundraising and development, corporate outreach, experiential learning programs and establishment of international study abroad and exchange programs.

Myers also has extensive research and field experience in industrial hygiene, specifically with worker exposure assessments to chemical and physical agents, ergonomic and human factors problems, ventilation system assessment and personal protective equipment. He has worked professionally for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the American Mining Congress; 3M Co.; the Department of Defense (Army and Air Force); the National Paint and Coatings Association; and others.

He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in industrial hygiene and presented at more than 20 national and international scientific meetings. He has been active in numerous professional organizations and societies including the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the American Association for Aerosol Research, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the British Occupational Health Society and the International Society for Respiratory Protection.

Myers has received several national and international awards recognizing his research activities.

To view Myers resume click here. pdf

Myers will be on the Potomac State campus Tuesday, April 17, 2012. He will meet with the community/alumni/press at 10 a.m. in the Davis Conference Center;  lunch with students at 11:45 a.m. in The Commons dining facility in University Place;  faculty at 12:30 p.m. and staff at 1:45 p.m. both meetings in the Davis Conference Center.

Open public sessions have been scheduled for each candidate members of the community and media are invited to participate.

Candidates will spend a half-day on the WVU main campus and a full day in Keyser at the Potomac State campus.   Sessions for faculty, staff, students and community members are being planned.

For more information regarding the candidates please check back to this site which will be updated as information becomes available.

Kerry Odell, current campus provost, will be stepping down from that position June 30.  Odell has served in that role for seven years, after serving two years as interim.  It is anticipated that the new campus provost will begin July 1.