The Board of Trustees at Davis and Elkins College named Saturday during its Spring meeting Chancellor Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr. as President, effective July 1.
The college said the decision was a move designed to sustain the momentum of its present positive direction.
Mihalyo succeeds G. T. 'Buck' Smith, who will voluntarily step down on June 30 after five years as President. Smith will continue to serve D&E as President-Emeritus and College Advisor.
Board trustees also elected June B. Myles, presently Board Vice Chair, as Chair of the Board, succeeding Paul S. Stirrup, whose term on the Board also concludes on June 30 after five years as Chair. He will continue on the Board as Chair-Emeritus, effective July 1, according to the press release.
In announcing the appointments, Stirrup noted, "the College's administrative and Board leadership will essentially remain the same, we will all just wear different hats. It is a sign of the College's strength that we have within the present leadership team seasoned persons who can lead us into the future."
President-elect Mihalyo came to D&E in August 2011 as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. In March 2012 he was named Chancellor, with responsibility for overseeing day-to-day administration of the College as well as representing and acting on behalf of the President.
He holds degrees from Duquesne University and West Virginia University, and is an accomplished keyboard artist.
Chair-elect Myles was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000, and has served as Chair of the Enrollment Management Committee, Treasurer and presently as Vice Chair. During a mandatory year off the Board in 2009-10, she was awarded the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. A resident of Redding, CT and Elkins, she is President of Myles Lumber Company and serves on the Boards of Davis Trust Company, Davis Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
"Since coming to D&E, Michael has demonstrated repeatedly his extraordinary capacity to ‘get things done' with insight and clarity, touched by his warm humanity. It will be a privilege to continue working with him," said President Smith on Mihalyo's appoint as his successor.
Mihalyo is widely experienced as a teacher and higher education administrator. Before coming to D&E, he served as Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Brevard College and as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College. He served also as interim Vice President for Academic Programs of the Appalachian College Association (ACA), a consortium of 35 private, liberal arts colleges and universities serving over 45,000 students and 3,700 faculty.