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Pushback Ignored As Board of Governors Issues Statement



MORGANTOWN, WV – In a clash of ideals and priorities, West Virginia University’s Board of Governors has doubled down on its support for President E. Gordon Gee and its controversial academic transformation process despite a no-confidence vote by faculty members and calls for a freeze on program cuts.

In a move that highlights the growing tension between the university’s leadership, students and faculty, the Board of Governors issued a statement expressing unwavering support for President Gee and the institution’s strategic realignment efforts. The statement was released following a Faculty Assembly meeting, which was convened to address a no-confidence resolution in President Gee and a call for a halt to the University’s Academic Transformation process.

The Faculty Assembly’s decision to pass these resolutions, with a significant majority in favor, underscores the deepening divide within the university community. Faculty members have expressed concerns about the management of university finances, including allegations of reckless spending on expansion projects and a failure to achieve enrollment growth targets set by President Gee.

Despite the faculty’s vocal opposition, President Gee defended his administration’s accomplishments, citing increased student involvement, hospital acquisitions, improved research productivity, and the university’s elevation to an R-1 status, a designation reserved for institutions with “very high research activity.”

While faculty members argue that President Gee’s initiatives have been reckless, conservative leaders on the Board of Governors stand firmly behind him, dismissing allegations of misinformation and financial mismanagement. They assert that the university’s transformation is essential to adapt to modern needs and remain competitive.

The no-confidence vote and the call for a freeze on the Academic Transformation process come as WVU administrators face criticism for preliminary recommendations to eliminate several academic programs and faculty positions. Despite some adjustments made in response to public outcry, the university still plans to cut foreign language degrees, reduce faculty positions, and terminate certain graduate programs.

This controversy sets the stage for a critical decision by the WVU Board of Governors, scheduled for September 15, on the final proposed cuts. It remains to be seen how this tension between conservative leadership and faculty dissent will ultimately impact the future of West Virginia University.

As the university community grapples with these fundamental disagreements, the public outcry and protests from both students and employees may be the only means of course correction in the eyes of some faculty members.


This developing story will continue to unfold as WVU’s leadership and faculty navigate the challenging path ahead.


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