Dr. Gerald Lang was named WVU Tech’s Interim Campus President in July 2018, having previously served as Interim Campus Provost. He brings more than 35 years of experience in higher education leadership within the WVU System.
Lang first joined WVU in 1976 as an assistant professor of biology. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1984. His research in forest ecology and biogeochemical nutrient cycles was supported by more than $2 million in competitively awarded grants through such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the EPA and NASA.
His career eventually took him into administration, where he served as the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and then Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. There he oversaw more than 300 full-time faculty and 450 graduate teaching assistants who served more than 5,000 students in 18 academic programs.
In 1995, he became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at WVU. He was responsible for leadership, management and policy development for all academic, research and public service programs, including those of the WVU Libraries, the WVU Extension Service, information technology, international programs and extended learning. He oversaw a successful reaccreditation of the University in 2004, established an enrollment management council that boosted the University’s enrollment by more than 7,000 students and helped to establish the WVU Center for Writing Excellence, the Institute for Math Learning and the WVU Honors College.
In this role as Provost, he was also instrumental in developing WVU’s multi-campus system. He was involved in the transition of both WVU Tech and Potomac State College to regional campuses and led an effort to link the three campuses into a single, fully integrated system.
Dr. Lang also initiated the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program while serving as Provost. He went on to serve as chair of the department from 2014-2017, where he was instrumental in developing a ballistics laboratory, a forensic photography laboratory, a Ph.D. program and a partnership with the WVU College of Law to deliver a LLM in Forensic Justice.
Lang is a longstanding champion of faculty development and recognition, establishing a number of faculty recruitment efforts, award programs and compensation initiatives. He has been a staunch advocate for women and minority recruitment programs for both students and faculty. He has raised millions in private funding to support University renovations and expansions, technology upgrades, endowed faculty professorships, student scholarships, and special research initiatives.
Since 2012, he has served as WVU’s co-liaison to the Bechtel Family Summit Reserve and as the Director of WVU’s K-12 STEM Outreach Initiative. Under his direction, WVU’s exhibit at the National Scouting Jamboree focused on forensic science, with thousands of Scouts earning a patch for participation. The outreach initiative focuses on engaging West Virginia teachers and youth in the science behind riding a zip line, the science of cycling and the exploration of STEM principles in forensic science through workshops, classes, fairs and other activities.
Lang earned his bachelor’s degree in botany from Western Illinois University, his master’s in botany at the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in botany at Rutgers University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College, has co-edited one book and has published more than 50 papers.