WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
An emergency meeting of the West Virginia University at
Parkersburg Board of Governors was held on March 26, 2009 by
teleconference in the President’s Conference Room at WVU
Parkersburg beginning at 4:00 p.m. Board members present
were: Cindy Bullock, Matthew Santer, Joe Campbell, Gerard El
Chaar, William H. Hopkins, Curtis Miller, Violet Mosser, Gregory
K. Smith, Kim Starkey, Keith Burdette and Kennad Skeen, II.
Absent was Rock Wilson. Others present included Dr. Marie
Foster Gnage and Patsy Bee.
Guests present included administrators, faculty, staff and
members of the media.
Call to Order
Mr. Campbell, Chair of the WVU at Parkersburg Board of
Governors, called the meeting to order.
Roll Call was taken by Patsy Bee, Executive Assistant to
the President, noting that a quorum was present.
Practice and Procedures for Social Activities: Request
Mr. Campbell asked Board members to consider a request from the
WVU at Parkersburg Foundation for President Gnage to approve the
serving of alcohol at a Mystery Dinner Theatre fund raising
event scheduled on the WVU Parkersburg Campus that would permit
two drinks (wine or beer) per person to approximately 200
people. Mr. Smith moved that the WVU Parkersburg Board of
Governors would endorse the request. Mr. Miller seconded the
motion. After additional discussion, Mr. Smith amended his
motion to include endorsement for President Gnage to approve the
request for the Foundation to serve alcohol at the Mystery
Dinner Theatre with the following conditions:
The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation needs to have host liquor
WVU at Parkersburg must be named as additional insured.
Endorsement by the Board of Governors is for this one-time event
with the approval of the President.
Mr. Miller seconded the amendment to the motion. Motion
Foreign Travel for Faculty and Staff
President Gnage provided information to the WVU Board of
Governors regarding foreign travel for faculty and staff. She
noted that she recently received a request for a faculty member
to travel to Chad located in Central Africa. While the
President follows current policy in approving requests for
travel to foreign countries, she wanted our WVU Parkersburg
Board of Governors to be aware of such requests. President
Gnage also noted that employees are covered under West
Virginia’s BRIM insurance when traveling on behalf of the
Mr. Campbell asked President Gnage to provide an update on
meetings with West Virginia University. President Gnage
reported that meetings have been held with representatives from
WVU and an agreement between WVUP and WVU is progressing. She
noted that both institutions want to be aligned as much as
possible despite HB 3215.
Mr. Campbell announced the resignation of the faculty
representative on the Board of Governors noting that Mr. Gregg
Busch has accepted a position with Washington State Community
College as the dean of arts and sciences. He announced and
introduced new board member Professor Matthew Santer from the
Social Science Division who has been elected by faculty to serve
as their representative on the Board of Governors.
Mr. Burdette provided an update on several bills currently
circulating in the Legislature that would have an impact on the
college, but he noted they currently do not have much support.
Executive Session Executive Session under the authority of WV
Mr. El Chaar moved to go into executive session. Ms, Mosser
seconded the motion. Motion carried. At approximately 4: 25
p.m. the WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors moved into Executive
At approximately 5:17 p.m. Mr. Burdette moved that the Board
return from Executive Session. Ms. Starkey seconded the
motion. Motion carried.
Mr. Campbell reported that Board members reviewed a draft of the
agreement between WVU and WVU Parkersburg and noted that it is
an evolving process.
Mr. Campbell noted that Board would probably meet again before
the next meeting scheduled on June 10.
With no further business to be discussed Mr. Burdette moved to
adjourn. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.
Executive Assistant to the President
____________________________________ Joe D.