Thursday, September 30, 2021


INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) Board of Governors voted to name Ericke S. Cage as the interim president of the university.

Cage’s appointment must still be approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). He will serve as interim president until a new permanent president for the university is selected.

Cage joined the university in July as vice president and chief of staff and has been serving as the university’s chief operating officer managing the day to day operations of the university since July 30.

“I am both honored and humbled by the trust the West Virginia State University Board of Governors has placed in me to serve as interim president of this great institution,” said Cage. “Since my arrival 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 at West Virginia State and I look forward to all we will accomplish working together in the months ahead.”

Prior to joining WVSU, Cage most recently served as the senior advisor to the president and university ombudsman at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia – where he served as principal advisor to the president on matters related to university policy making, governance, and government relations.

While at Norfolk State, Cage led the university’s 2019-2025 strategic plan committee and served as principal staff lead for the university’s 2019-2020 self-assessment. He also supported the advancement of good board governance by redesigning new board member training, overseeing the development and execution of the annual board retreats, and developing a board member skills matrix for the university’s Board of Visitors. Cage was also instrumental in expanding Norfolk State’s presence and impact on Capitol Hill and before the Virginia General Assembly.

Prior to joining Norfolk State, Cage served as director of government affairs for Teach for America, and also served as legislative counsel for U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello, in addition to serving as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Defense, and a legislative fellow for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He also served as a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison. Cage began his career as a high school government teacher in his hometown of Halifax County, Virginia.

Cage has a bachelor’s degree in political science and leadership from Virginia Tech, a juris doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law, and a masters of law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

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