The Board of Trustees of Wheeling University has announced the appointment of Ginny Favede as the institution’s 13th president.

Favede was elected to serve as the chair of the University Board of Trustees in July. The board expects to elect a new chair in the coming weeks to succeed Favede in her role.

“We are pleased that Ms. Favede agreed to take on this role during such an important time in our institution’s history,” said Wheeling University Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Edward Shahady.

“As small, private institutions continue to navigate the challenges facing higher education, many institutions are looking to business-minded leaders like Ms. Favede. As a faculty member at my former institution, I saw great success when my institution sought a president with the skills and vision that she possesses. We are fortunate to have her accept this position,” added Dr. Shahady, a graduate of Wheeling University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 13th president of Wheeling University, and to continue the positive momentum and collaborative process that our administrators, faculty and staff have fostered throughout the Wheeling community,” said Favede. “I am grateful for the confidence of Bishop Mark Brennan, and the support of the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working closely with our faculty and staff, as we lead Wheeling University into a bold new era of academic, athletic and administrative excellence.”

“I am leaving the OVCEC [Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council] to join a community that truly inspires me. I am honored beyond words by the invitation to serve as Wheeling University’s 13th president,” said Favede “I look forward to taking all I have learned throughout my career and helping the faculty, students and staff, in the words of the University Motto — Luceat Lux Vestra — Let Your Light Shine — and provide opportunities for our students to find their place in the world and be the best they can be.”

“I am pleased to accept the recommendation of the Board of Trustees to appoint Ginny Favede as president of Wheeling University,” said Bishop Mark Brennan of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese. “Ginny has been instrumental in helping the school move in a positive direction over the past 10 months as a board member and then chair of the board. As the only Catholic institution of higher learning in the state of West Virginia, we stand behind Ginny, the board, faculty, staff and students as the university works to fulfill the mission of Christ in our region.”

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