Ziemkiewicz one of 32 WVU experts sent to Charleston to advise Justice transition team

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December 16, 2016 by WVU Today

Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director, West Virginia Water Research Institute

Morgantown, W.Va. – When West Virginia University Provost Joyce McConnell got the call from the office of Governor-elect Jim Justice to co-chair his transition team alongside Marshall University Provost Gayle Ormiston, she didn’t hesitate to agree.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the state to truly take a look at our priorities, our needs and our goals,” McConnell said. “We were honored to play a role in providing the Governor-elect and his staff with the broad-based information they will need on these issues to help them make the best decisions for West Virginia’s future.”

The transition team was asked to convene expert groups on eight different policy areas: tourism, health care/Department of Health and Human Resources, substance abuse, energy and the environment, infrastructure/transportation, economic development, higher education and public education. These groups meet in Charleston today. Reports of their discussions, including policy and action recommendations, will be presented to the Governor-elect’s office in January.

In addition to her role as chair of the over-arching transition team, McConnell is chairing the higher education expert group. Clay Marsh, the vice president & executive dean for health sciences at WVU will co-chair the healthcare/DHHR group, alongside Albert Wright, Jr.the president and CEO of the WVU Health System, and two external experts.

The full slate of WVU experts represented on the policy groups is impressive, including 32 faculty, staff and administrators from seven colleges and close to a dozen different units or divisions across the university. Those selected include:


Health Care/DHHR

Substance Abuse

Energy and the Environment


Economic Development

Higher Education

Public Education

Speaking earlier in the week, McConnell said that everyone from WVU was looking forward to the sessions in Charleston. “This is exactly the work we want to do for our state, to share our expertise in hopes of effecting positive change for the future,” she said. “We will all be there Thursday energized and ready to serve.”



CONTACT: Ann Claycomb, Assistant Vice President, Strategic & Academic Communication Office of the Provost, West Virginia University
304.293.9919; ann.claycomb@mail.wvu.edu

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The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues.  WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.