Dr. Rhonda Tracy will be interim president

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Rhonda-Tracy-3The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors has selected Dr. Rhonda Tracy as interim president for the college beginning July 1. This selection comes after President Dr. Marie Foster Gnage’s March announcement of her plans to 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 includes all academic divisions and programs as well as 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. 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.”

With nearly 30 years of academic administration and teaching experience, Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the interim president position. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina, her master’s degree from West Virginia University and her doctorate from Ohio University.

Her background includes administrative appointment at Winthrop University in South Carolina where she was the associate dean of education; the University of Arkansas, Monticello where she served as assistant vice chancellor; and Midway College in Kentucky where she was vice president and dean of the women’s college and held the faculty rank of full professor. From 1989 to 1994, she taught in Marietta College’s education division as an assistant professor.

The college’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to select Tracy as interim president at its May 21 meeting.

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

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