WVU-P officials on Florida job list

PARKERSBURG – Two officials at West Virginia University at Parkersburg have been announced as candidates for a presidential search at a south Florida college.

Marie Gnage, president of WVU-P, and Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president of academic affairs at WVU-P, are among the 12 semifinal candidates being considered by a presidential screening committee at South Florida State College.

The 12 candidates were pared down from a field of 48, according to a college news release.

Jamie Six, president of the WVU-P Board of Governors, said officials were recently made aware of the applications.

“We are trying to get up to speed with where we are right now,” he said.

Six said the board has the utmost respect for Gnage and Tracy. He was impressed by the fact that two of the WVU-P’s leaders were semifinalists for the president’s post.

“I think this speaks highly of the quality of administration at WVU-P,” he said. “I wish both the very best for them and their families during this journey.”

Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, is also listed as a semifinalist candidate.

“The fact that three of the 12 semifinalists are with West Virginia’s Community Technical College system is an indication of the superiority of personnel of the state’s CTC system,” Six said.

Both women have been candidates for president at other schools.

Gnage has been at WVU-P since 2004.

Katie Wootton, spokesperson for WVU-P, said Gnage was out of town and unavailable for comment. Tracy was off-campus.

Each of the 12 candidates is asked to submit a one-minute video addressing at least three questions pertinent to the presidential position and college’s future.

The committee will narrow the candidates to four or five finalists at its March 19 meeting.

The college’s president Norman Stephens Jr., who has served since 2002, will retire in June.

South Florida State College, located in Avon Park, Fla., was established in 1965. According to its website, the school has a full-time enrollment of 2,400 and a part-time enrollment of 1,500 students. It has an annual budget of more than $20 million.