UVa-Wise’s next chancellor to be named Friday

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors is set to approve the college’s next chancellor at a meeting this Friday and will publicly announce the hire immediately after, officials said. 

Merry Lu Prior, Provost Sandy Huguenin, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Sim Ewing, and Chair of the Natural Sciences Department Margie Tucker shovel soil over the roots of a sugar maple tree at the Nov. 30 dedication of the tree to the late chancellor David J. Prior. The Department of Natural Sciences initiated the purchase of the tree, which was planted outside the David J. Prior Convocation Center, because Merry Lu Prior said that her husband admired the autumn colors of campus. A redbud tree is set to be planted at the Lila Vicars Smith House in his honor, as well. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier
Merry Lu Prior, Provost Sandy Huguenin, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Sim Ewing, and Chair of the Natural Sciences Department Margie Tucker shovel soil over the roots of a sugar maple tree at the Nov. 30 dedication of the tree to the late chancellor David J. Prior. The Department of Natural Sciences initiated the purchase of the tree, which was planted outside the David J. Prior Convocation Center, because Merry Lu Prior said that her husband admired the autumn colors of campus. A redbud tree is set to be planted at the Lila Vicars Smith House in his honor, as well. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier

The board plans to approve the college’s eighth chancellor at a meeting in the David J. Prior Center at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7, according to a letter sent out to the UVa-Wise community by Marcia Gilliam, chair of the UVa-Wise College Board and the college’s chancellor search committee.

A public announcement is then set for 10:30 a.m. at the Prior Center, Gilliam said. An open house will be held later at the chancellor’s residence, the Lila Vicars Smith House, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Prior Center, completed in the fall of 2011, was named for the late chancellor after his death.

The meeting and announcement comes the same day as a regularly scheduled UVa- Wise College Board meeting at 9 a.m. in the Slemp Student Center.

Little information has been released about the potential hire or any of the candidates.

UVa President Teresa Sullivan said recently that she had personally meals with three candidates recommended by the search committee.

The search process for executive level positions at universities and colleges is often protected by confidentiality agreements and secrecy in the hopes of protecting the jobs of would-be applicants. The records kept by those search committees are typically exempt from open records laws.

Prior, UVa-Wise’s seventh chancellor, died unexpectedly in February of an apparent heart attack. The search for his replacement has been ongoing since April.

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Jordan Fifer

Interdisciplinary studies major Jordan Fifer served as The Highland Cavalier's editor-in-chief and online editor in the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously served as staff writer, news editor and photo editor.

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