Interim prez selected at WVU-P

PARKERSBURG – An interim president at West Virginia University at Parkersburg was selected Wednesday by the college’s Board of Governors.

The board selected Rhonda Tracy as interim president effective July 1 to follow Marie Foster Gnage who in March announced she will leave the college on June 30 after 10 years of service.

Tracy joined WVU-Parkersburg in the fall of 2007 as senior vice president for academic affairs. Her area of expertise includes all academic divisions and programs and support services such as the tutoring center, student retention, career services and cooperative education and professional development for faculty.

“It is my pleasure to continue to serve the college in this new capacity. We have many exciting opportunities ahead, and I look forward to working with our exceptional faculty and staff to grow our institution and serve our students as well as our region and state,” Tracy said. “Of course, we are all saddened to see Dr. Gnage leave. She has been an incredible mentor during my time here and I wish her all of the best in her future endeavors.”

Tracy has nearly 30 years of experience in academic administration and teaching. She received her bachelor’s of arts from the University of South Carolina, her master’s from West Virginia University and her doctorate from Ohio University.

“Dr. Tracy has contributed greatly to the growth and success of WVU-P,” said Gerard El Chaar, chairman of the Board of Governors. “Her leadership in navigating the re-accreditation process and her work in expanding the college’s academic programs has been outstanding.”

The decision was unanimous by the Board of Governors.

“On behalf of the board, we are so pleased that she has accepted the assignment as interim president, and we are confident she will succeed in moving the college forward during this period of transition,” El Chaar said.

Tracy was the associate dean of education at Winthrop University in South Carolina, an assistant vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Monticello and was vice president and dean of the women’s college at Midway College in Kentucky where she was a full professor.

She also taught at Marietta College as an assistant professor from 1989 to 1994.

Gnage was hired by Florida State College at Jacksonville and will be one of five regional presidents for the school. She will be president of a downtown campus.