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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, confirmed Monday that E. Gordon Gee will be the president of West Virginia University.

The Commission voted to approve the WVU Board of Governors action to make changes to its search process to keep Gee as the permanent president.

Gee will serve until June 30 under his current contract, and a new contract will be finalized and take effect on July 1.

"I am deeply honored and very energized to return to West Virginia University as the 24th president," Gee said. "As most people know, this is the University and the state that gave me my first opportunity to lead a major university and I am as passionate today as I was then to make a difference in the lives of our citizens."

To see Gee's complete bio, click here.

Original

The West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously selected E. Gordon Gee as the next permanent president of the university Monday.

Gee, who has been serving as the temporary president since January 2014, was also the president from 1981-1985.

In an emergency board meeting on Friday, Feb. 28, board members made a motion to amend their search procedures and allow the committee to consider Gee. The original rules stated the temporary president would not be eligible for the permanent post.

Monday, board members agreed to rescind the original restrictions on the search committee and move immediately to retain Gee permanently, pending approval by the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

Gee will continue working under his current contract while a new two-year agreement is developed, according to university officials. Two years is the maximum amount of time allowed for a presidential contract under state law.

"I am honored, energized and humbled to serve West Virginia University as the 24th president," Gee said Monday.

"When I had the opportunity to return to West Virginia and this University earlier this year I did not hesitate," Gee said in news release. "And, I have found it to be the same wonderful and welcoming place I remembered. And, with great joy, I also found that our University had grown, matured and was competing on the national academic stage with some of the very best land-grant research universities in the country."

BOG Chairman and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee James W. Dailey II said in news release after Friday's meeting, "Gordon Gee is absolutely, hands-down the very best person to be at the helm of West Virginia University at this important time and place in our history."

In two short months on campus, Gee has also made an impression on the student body. "Students greatly appreciate his caring involvement and are overwhelmingly thrilled to see him continue as president and as our friend," said Ryan Campione, the student body representative to the BOG in a news release Monday.

The Higher Education Policy Commission will also hold an emergency meeting to approve the offer to Gee.