West Virginia State University Selects Ericke S. Cage As Interim President | VM News
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (WV News) – West Virginia State University’s board of governors voted on Thursday to appoint Ericke S. Cage as interim president of the university.
Cage’s appointment has yet to be approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He will serve as interim president until a new permanent president of the university is selected.
Cage joined the university in July as vice president and chief of staff and serves as the university’s director of operations, managing the day-to-day operations of the university since July 30.
“I am both honored and touched by the confidence that the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University has placed in me to serve as the interim president of this great institution,” said Cage. “Since arriving here, I have strived to do what is right for the students, faculty and staff of the university and that will continue in my new role. We have tremendous momentum in the state of West Virginia and I look forward to all that we will accomplish as we work together in the months to come. “
Prior to joining WVSU, Cage most recently served as Senior Advisor to the President and Ombudsman at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., Where he served as Senior Advisor to the President on matters relating to academic policy making, at governance and government relations.
While at Norfolk State, Cage chaired the university’s 2019-2025 Strategic Plan Committee and was the primary responsible for the university’s 2019-2020 self-assessment. He has also supported the advancement of good board governance by rethinking the training of new board members, overseeing the development and execution of annual board retreats, and developing a board member skills matrix for the board. university visitors’ council. Cage was also instrumental in expanding Norfolk State’s presence and impact on Capitol Hill and prior to the Virginia General Assembly.
Prior to joining Norfolk State, Cage was Director of Government Affairs for Teach for America, and also served as legislative counsel to U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello, in addition to being a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Defense and legislative officer for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
He was also a congressman in the office of US Congressman Keith Ellison. Cage began his career as a high school teacher in his hometown of Halifax County, Virginia.
Cage holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and leadership from Virginia Tech, a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, and an LLM from George Washington University School of Law. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College of the US Air Force and of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.