WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
April 27, 2009
An emergency meeting of the West Virginia University at
Parkersburg Board of Governors was held on Monday, April 27,
2009 in Rooms 2209-2211 at WVU Parkersburg beginning at 5:00
p.m. Board members present were: Cindy Bullock, Matthew
Santer, Joe Campbell, Gerard El Chaar, Curtis Miller, Violet
Mosser, Gregory K. Smith, Rock Wilson, Kim Starkey and Keith
Burdette. Absent were William H. Hopkins and Kennad Lee Skeen,
II. Others present included Dr. Marie Foster Gnage and Patsy
Guests present included administrators, faculty, staff,
students, members of the community and 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.
Minutes of the regular meeting on March 11, and emergencies
meetings on March 26 and April 16 were approved upon a motion
from Mr. Burdette and second by Mr. Miller.
Follow-up Discussion Items
Mr. Campbell made the following statement to the Board in
reference to the Memorandum of Understanding, Service Agreement,
and Trademark License Agreement:
In the 2008 Legislative session, House Bill 3215 charged the
existing law governing administratively linked Community
Colleges in the state and West Virginia University at
Parkersburg. Specifically, as it pertains to our institution,
it separated West Virginia University at Parkersburg from West
Virginia University. We became a stand alone institution, and a
governing board to oversee the institution was appointed as
directed by the legislation to replace WVU’s Board of Governors
as the governing authority over WVUP. It is my understanding
that the effected institutions in the state, excluding WVUP,
have changed, or are in the process of changing their names. It
is important to note that WVUP opposed HB3215, specifically our
inclusion in the language.
As a result of HB 3215, there are three documents that need to
be negotiated and implemented between WVUP and WVU.
The first is a Memorandum of Understanding, which would
establish WVUP as an Affiliate campus of West Virginia
University which at a minimum would provide WVU with a platform
for graduate programs and allow WVUP to obtain certain services
from WVU for the cost of the services. There is a draft MOU
that has been provided to our Board which was approved by the
WVU BOG on Thursday of last week. This agreement would seem to
be acceptable and will be acted on, probably in our regular June
The second is a Service Agreement, which will identify those
services that each school provides to the other, and the cost
associated with those services. The two schools continue in
discussions regarding the cost of these services. As this is a
new area for both schools, this has taken a bit longer, but
The third document is the Trademark Agreement, which cover the
name and logo of WVU. The agreement that WVU has proposed and
subsequently approved by their BOG last Thursday establishes a
two year term on the agreement, but allows for renewal by mutual
consent. It is this item in the agreement that has created
objection. The objection, and let me be clear about this,
relates specifically to the concern that this institution is put
into a position of negotiating our name every two years. We
appreciate WVU’s confidence in granting the continued use of the
name through this trademark agreement, now we have to decide as
a college, community, and Board as to how we will proceed. With
a July 1, 2009 deadline looming in the immediate future, this
Board must now decide, with input from all constituents, what
the best longer term solution is for our institution.
Personally, I have received numerous comments and calls from the
community expressing their concerns over losing the WVU name,
however, all of those same individuals agree that whatever
action is taken, it needs to be the best long term solution for
the College, its students, its future students and the community
as a whole.
We will be looking for input outside the Board, and we ask for
your patience and understanding as we continue this process.
After discussion among Board members, it was recommended that
open forums be held on campus for faculty, staff and students,
and off-campus for the community. It was also recommended that
an online survey be created that would be available to faculty,
staff, and students and announced in a press release for the
community. Mr. Campbell will follow up with Chairman Long of
WVU Board of Governors about the possibility of Board members
attending their June WVU Board of Governors meeting, and the
possibility of a joint meeting with the Governor.
Mr. Campbell also requested another special meeting of the WVU
Parkesburg Board of Governors to discuss the results of the
forums and surveys.
Mr. Campbell reminded Board members of WVU Parkersburg
Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. He
also announced that WVU Parkersburg Employee Recognition will be
held on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
A Special Meeting of the Board of Governors will be held on
Monday, May 18, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 2209-2211.
With no further business to be discussed, Mr. Burdette moved
that the meeting be adjourned, Mr. El Chaar seconded the
motion. Motion passed.
Executive Assistant to the President
____________________________________ Joe D.