- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MONTGOMERY — Continuing his three-decade stretch serving West Virginia University in various capacities, Nigel Clark has been named provost of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley effective Monday.

Clark was named interim provost of the universities in May, he said. Before then, he was very familiar among the staff at WVU Tech and was involved in the school’s engineering department, said Carolyn Long, campus president of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley.

Before Clark was named to the permanent position, Long said she was determined to keep him on campus for good because of his positive influence on the school and the wealth of knowledge he brings.

Clark expressed a deep respect for Long and said he “sincerely believe(s) that Tech has raised a notch under her oversight.

“I think that there is an opportunity for great achievements for students at Tech.”

Clark is heavily involved in the engineering and sustainable energy field at WVU, serving as the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Sciences.

There is a deep connection between WVU and Tech in their engineering departments, Clark said.

“I have always appreciated that Tech has had great potential,” he said. In working with the schools, he said he has appreciated their small size, where students can be very hands-on in their learning and have more contact with faculty, making them “elite.”

He said hopes to be able to provide a “sound education” for students and when they graduate into the community and out into industry that they will “hit the ground running.”

The new provost served on the WVU Board of Governors from 2009-2011 and spent five years as the director of the WVU Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, according to a statement from the university. Clark chaired the University’s strategic planning council in 2010.

“At WVU Tech and WVU Beckley, Clark will oversee the maintenance and development of residential and online academic programs. He will also work with faculty on teaching methodologies, faculty development and institutional accreditation. Clark will collaborate with the main WVU campus in Morgantown on system-wide academic initiatives as well,” the statement read.

“We feel very pleased and are so happy that he’s accepted this position,” Long said.

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