PennWest University is narrowing its presidential search to two candidates

PennWest University is narrowing its presidential search to two candidates


The names of two finalists for president of Pennsylvania Western University have been submitted for consideration by the chancellor and board of directors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

They are Jon Anderson, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and Philip Cavalier, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee in Martin, Tennessee.

The two finalists were recommended by the university’s presidential search committee and approved by university administrators during a special meeting on Monday.

The finalists were chosen from three candidates who met with staff, faculty, administration, students and community members at the university’s Edinboro, Clarion and California campuses in April. The third candidate was Wade Weast, founding dean of the College of the Arts, Georgia State University.

Kathy Pape, chair of the university’s board of trustees, praised those who participated in the presidential search.

“The active participation of students, faculty, staff and the broader community has been an integral part of this process,” Pape said in a statement. “We are grateful for the active involvement of the committee, the campus and the California, Clarion and Edinboro communities and express our sincere appreciation for their valuable contributions.”

Both Anderson and Cavalier are “highly qualified” for the position of president, Pape said.

PASSHE officials will then interview the two finalists. The system’s Board of Directors will vote later this month to hire one of the two men as PennWest’s president.

The new president will succeed Lorraine Bernotsky, who served as interim president of PennWest for the past year. Bernotsky will begin as president of West Chester University on July 1.

Contact Valerie Myers at [email protected].