Resignations result in leadership changes at West Virginia University at Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Officials at West Virginia University at Parkersburg announced changes in key leadership positions at the university on Thursday.

In an email to the Campus Community sent out earlier in the day Thursday, WVU-P President Chris Gilmer announced Vice President for Student Services Anthony Underwood and Dean of the Center for Student Services Christine Post had resigned from their positions effective immediately.

“Both Mr. Underwood and Ms. Post have provided long service to the university for which I know you join me in thanking them,” Gilmer wrote. “I extend my very best wishes to them and to their families.”

Effective immediately, Chad Crumbaker will serve in the new role of Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Oversight of the Office of Student Services and all reports to that office will now report to Crumbaker or through their supervisors who will report to Crumbaker with the exception of employees of the Office of Financial Aid who will report to Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Alice Harris through their supervisor, Gilmer wrote.

“Times of transition are often difficult, which I acknowledge, especially to the staff of the Office of Student Services, but I trust we will model a commitment to excellence in student services to all of our students,” he wrote.

Gilmer released another statement at around 4 p.m. to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel which reiterated many of the points he made in his original email.

He said this statement would be his only comment on the subject.

“This is a personnel matter, and the university will make no further official comment regarding it,” he wrote.

Chairman of the Board of Governors Sam Winans said he believed it was Underwood’s and Post’s decision to resign.

He did not know the specifics of their departure, but felt it would be a “positive move” for both of them, Winans said.

“They have given a lot of good years of service at the college and we wish them good luck in wherever they may go,” Winans said. “They are both fine people and did this with their best interests in mind.”

Underwood did not wish to comment on the situation. A person who answered the phone at Post’s residence said she did not want to comment.

Gilmer wrote in his statement that the university was now concentrating on the start of the new school year.

“WVU Parkersburg welcomed back our students for the first week of classes with a number of enhanced learning tools such as our renovated nursing skills lab and our new Entrepreneurship Center,” he wrote. “We are fully committed to provide excellence in student service and community service to equal or to exceed any institution of higher learning in the State of West Virginia.”

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