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WVU chief replaces provost with law school dean

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Michele G. Wheatly is stepping down as WVU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs at the end of June.

President E. Gordon Gee named College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell to the post, effective July 1.

“I want to thank Dr. Wheatly for her five years of extraordinary service to West Virginia University … I have great respect for Michele and wish her all the best as she continues her contributions to — and leadership in — higher education,” Gee said.

As provost and vice president, McConnell will oversee undergraduate and graduate academics, academic innovation, extension, the honors college, information technology, advising, civic engagement, the first-year academy, the registrar, international education and other areas.

Assuming the interim deanship at the college, effective July 1, will be Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Gregory Bowman.

A national search will be conducted for a permanent dean.

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