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Beginning July 1, Rhonda Tracy will begin her duties as interim president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Selected by the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors after an unanimous vote on May 21, Tracy's selection comes after President Marie Foster Gnage’s March announcement of her plans to leave the college June 30 after 10 years of service.

In the fall of 2007, Tracy joined WVU Parkersburg as senior vice president for academic affairs and assumed responsibilities of 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,” Tracy said. “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.”

Tracy has accumulated nearly 30 years of academic administration and teaching experience and 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 appointments 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.

“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.”