West Virginia Northern Community College

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Presidential Search

West Virginia Northern Community College Board of Governors invites applications and nominations for the position of President.  The position is the chief executive officer of the College and is responsible to the West Virginia Northern Community College Board of Governors for the total organization, administration, and development of the College.  The President is the official channel to the board for all policy, program, and budget recommendations.

Presidential Search Pamphlet

Presidential Search Position Announcement

Presidential Search Committee Members

The following tentative timeline was developed to keep candidates, employees and community leaders informed of the various phases of the search process.

Phase I:

Position Announcement made available to the public  and internal College community               June 24, 2014

Deadline for submission of application packet                                                                       August 8, 2014       

Phase II:

Priliminary review of application packets by Human Resources Office                            Began August 8, 2014

Review of qualified applicant application packets by the search committee members    Began August 19, 2014 

Search Committee will meet to discuss results of individual reviews                               Week of September 1

Phase III:

Search Committee conducting 1st phone interviews                                                    Week of September 22

Review results of 1st phone interviews                                                                      Week of September 29

Search Committee met to discuss results from 1st phone interviews                                              October 7

Search Committee conducting 2nd interviews                                                                Week of October 13

Search Committee met to discuss results from 2nd interviews                                                     October 24

Search Committee selected the top four candidates                                                                    October 24

Background checks and reference checks are being conducted             Week of November 27 through present

Announcement will be made regarding top three candidates after background checks and reference checks are completed. 

Announcement made of top three candidates                                                                         November 11

Phase IV:

The presidential search committee is excited to release the names of the top three candidates for the new presidency of West Virginia Northern Community College. The three finalists are Dr. John Crooks, associate provost of Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio; Dr. Catherine Gatewood-Keim, vice president of academic affiars of Bay College, Escanaba, Michigan; and Dr. Vicki Riley, vice president of academic affairs of West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, West Virginia.

The three candidates will be on campus the week of November 17, 2014, to meet with the search committee members, Board of Governors, administrators, Community and Technical College Council members, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and community members.  A visit schedule is posted below along with additional candidate information.

All constituency groups indicated above have an opportunity to visit with the candidates and provide written feedback which will be shared with the search committee and Board of Governors members.

Dr. Catherine Gatewood-Keim   Coverletter and Resume      Schedule (November 17-18, 2014)

Dr. John Crooks                         Coverletter and Resume       Schedule (November 18-19, 2014)

Dr. Vicki Riley                            Coverletter and Resume       Schedule (November 19-20, 2014)

Phase V:

Recommendation and selection

Search Committee to meet and discuss top three candidates                        November 21, 2014

Board of Governors to meet in Executive Session to select recommended candidate  to send to the WV Community and Technical College System Council for approval                                        December 2, 2014

Board of Governors recommendation sent to WVCTC Council                          December 2, 2014

WVCTC Council approved the new president                                                December 18, 2014


It is a pleasure to announce to the College community that Dr. Vicki L. Riley, of Wheeling, has been named the new president of West Virginia Northern Community College.

            Dr. Riley was confirmed as Northern’s president earlier today by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, meeting in Charleston. Her presidency begins Jan. 6.

            Speaking for the board, we are pleased that Dr. Riley, our current vice president of academic affairs, with her more than 30 years of experience in community college education, will become Northern’s new leader. The depth of her knowledge and strength of her commitment to community colleges is truly outstanding.

            I also have nothing but praise for the presidential search committee, which began its work after a nationwide effort was launched in June to identify candidates for the position. Representatives of all components of the College community were named to the 14-member committee, and I believe the presidential search was thorough, enlightening and comprehensive. Committee members were conscientious and meticulous and deserve thanks for their contributions.

            Join us in welcoming Dr. Riley as she guides Northern in the years ahead.


Any questions may be emailed to Peggy Carmichael,  Chief Human Resources Officer at pcarmichael@wvncc.edu.


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