Ms. McConnell has been the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at West Virginia University since 2014. She joined the West Virginia University College of Law faculty in 1995, became a full professor in 1998, and the Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law in 2002. Prior to being named Provost, Ms. McConnell served two terms as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and became the Dean of the College of Law in 2008. Ms. McConnell started her career in 1984 as a Clinical Fellow at The Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. subsequently joined the faculty of the City University of New York, where she earned tenure in 1992 and taught for eight years. Ms. McConnell is a nationally recognized scholar as well as a national and state leader. She is current Chair of the University Planning Council, Chair of the West Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and is a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. In the past, Ms. McConnell served as President of the West Virginia Bar Association and also served on West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin's (now Senator Joe Manchin) Judicial Reform Commission with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.