WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors names Fletcher Lamkin as new president

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Fletcher-LamkinThe Board of Governors for West Virginia University at Parkersburg met Wednesday, Dec. 10 and voted unanimously to select Dr. Fletcher Lamkin of Osage Beach, Mo. as the college’s new president. The Board’s selection will require subsequent approval by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education at its Dec.18 meeting.

“This search process has been very time consuming with diligent work from everyone involved,” said Board Chair Gerard El Chaar. “The search committee, the Board, the consultants and the college employees all worked hard throughout this process. I am pleased with the success of this search and am so grateful for the outstanding leadership of Dr. Rhonda Tracy during this time.”

Five finalists were invited to campus during the past two weeks for a series of interviews and forums with the faculty, staff, students and the Board. Lamkin’s visit took place Tuesday, Dec. 9.

“I am delighted and honored to be chosen for the presidency of such a fine institution,” said Lamkin. “My wife Cindy and I are excited to join the Parkersburg community. In the coming years, I look forward to helping WVU Parkersburg achieve the enormous potential that exists.”

Since 2012, Lamkin has been a consultant for Campus Works. He is also president and CEO of The Higher View Group and K-D Consultants, consulting firms that provide strategic management services to colleges and universities. From 2010 to 2012, Lamkin served as president for Kansas Wesleyan University. From 2008 to 2009, he was vice president for institutional advancement for Dominican University of California. From 2000 to 2007, he served as president for Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

Lamkin has a strong military background, having served as a career Army officer for 36 years. During that time he was promoted to brigadier general. From 1995 to 2000, he was dean of the academic board for the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Prior to that, he taught as a professor for West Point for eight years.

Lamkin holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his doctor of philosophy from University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.

“The Board felt that General Lamkin would be the best president for WVU Parkersburg,” said El Chaar. “He has said that he is ready to be here in early January. We see bright days ahead for the institution under his leadership.”

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