Ericke Cage named West Virginia State President

West Virginia State University today announced Ericke Cage as the next permanent president of the institution. He will transition into the role less than one year after being hired as vice president and chief of staff, and appointed as interim president in the same month.

A unanimous choice of the university’s governing board, the Virginia Tech graduate is credited with oversight during high funding periods from state and federal appropriating bodies. According to a release, Cage helped to secure a $700,000 grant from the Kanawha County Commission to launch a Cybersecurity Innovation Center at WVSU in fall 2022, along with plans for a new doctoral degree.

Prior to his hiring at WVSU, Cage most recently served in executive advisory and lobbying roles at Norfolk State University to the president and Board of Visitors.

“I want to thank the Board of Governors for the trust they have placed in me to serve West Virginia State as the university’s 13th president,” Cage said. “I look forward to building on the work we have already started, and the successes we have achieved in moving WVSU forward. As I have said since my arrival, I am convinced that the university’s best days are yet to come and I look forward to working with the campus community to make that a reality.”

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