CHARLESTON — The Transition Team for the Governor-elect announced that experts from West Virginia University and Marshall University will play a key role in the transition policy committees. West Virginia’s two research institutions are partnering with the Justice Transition Team to facilitate policy discussions and proposals for the new administration.
The Provost of Marshall University, Gayle L. Ormiston, Ph.D., and the Provost of WVU, Joyce McConnell, JD, LLM, will serve as co-coordinators of the Justice Transition Team. WVU and Marshall are volunteering a group of experts made up of their respective research departments and faculty members to lead discussions for each of the transition policy committees.
In conjunction with the Governor-elect’s transition team, the experts from WVU and Marshall will help run all of the policy committee meetings. Both universities have volunteered to compile findings from each committee and facilitate the presentation of recommendations to Governor-elect Jim Justice. Following the in-depth policy discussions, WVU and Marshall will be collaborating to provide additional research to the Governor-elect and his transition team.
“The Governor-elect made it clear he wants to hear from the best and brightest across West Virginia, and have our universities at the table for the policy-making process,” said Larry Puccio, chairman of the Justice Transition Team. “The goal is to hear from the leading experts to identify new opportunities to grow jobs and make West Virginia number one.”
The work of the policy committees will serve as an invaluable resource for the Justice Administration for the next four years. Further details on the policy committees will be announced shortly.
“Marshall University is pleased to be invited to assist with the transition and the formulation of policy recommendations for Governor-elect Justice,” said Jerome A. Gilbert, president of Marshall University. “Our faculty and other experts have expertise in many subject areas that are of great importance to the future of West Virginia, including infrastructure and transportation, education, and healthcare and substance abuse. We look forward to collaborating with our colleagues from WVU and others as we work to move the state ahead.”
“West Virginia University is delighted and eager to assist Governor-elect Justice as the state makes this transition,” said Gordon Gee, president of WVU. “Our universities have much to offer – from data to research to leadership. We are poised and ready to contribute in whatever ways we can to create new possibilities for West Virginia and her citizens.”