WVU-P names Jane Milley as interim president

Milley to serve during search for Lamkin replacement

Fletcher Lamkin and Jane Milley at the May 2016 WVU Parkersburg commencement. Milley will be taking the position of interim president at WVUP beginning Nov. 16 following Lamkin’s resignation. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Board of Governors has selected Jane Milley as interim president for the college beginning Nov. 16.

This selection comes after current president Fletcher Lamkin announced his acceptance of the position of president for Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where he was president from 2000-2007.

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors voted to accept Lamkin’s resignation at a special board meeting Monday evening and voted to approve Milley as interim president.

Milley previously served as interim senior vice president for academic affairs from April 2015 to April 2016. She has more than 40 years of experience in public and private institutions of higher education and brings a wealth of knowledge to WVU Parkersburg, the school said.

She has served as a faculty member, division dean, dean of college, provost, vice president and chancellor at institutions across the country.

“I am very pleased to accept the appointment of interim president at WVU Parkersburg,” Milley said. “I enjoyed my time in Parkersburg as interim senior vice president and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, division chairs and administrators as we continue the excellent work that has been done to serve students and the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

From 2007 to 2014, Milley worked as a consultant for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with the National Center for Workforce and Economic Development and the Center for Law and Social Policy.

During this time, she helped develop career ladders between community colleges and senior institutions as a senior consultant for the AACC and the National Center for Workforce and Economic Development, and she assisted with program development to the Further Education and Training (FET) colleges in South Africa through a joint project between the AACC and the American Council on Education.

From 2002 to 2006, she served as interim vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

Milley holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate of philosophy from Syracuse University.

WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors chair Sam Winans said the board will soon be seeking search procedure recommendations nominations for the Presidential Search Committee. At the next board meeting in November, they will approve search procedures and approve a statement of characteristics and qualities for the new president and appoint a search committee.

In December, they will start to receive resumes. In January, they will identify semi-finalists. In February, they will do the interviews.

”In March we will have our selection with a June start date,” Winans said.

Winans also praised Milley’s selection as the interim president.

“Dr. Milley is the right person for the job given her level of experience and her knowledge and understanding of the institution,” he said. “The college has made great strides with President Lamkin’s leadership, and we are confident in Dr. Milley’s ability to carry us forward during this transition period.”

In other business, the board swore in the new faculty representative to the Board of Governors, Chris Cunningham.