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WVU Faculty Senate rejects no-confidence resolution

December 6, 2021 GMT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University’s Faculty Senate has rejected a resolution that would have expressed no confidence in President Gordon Gee and Provost Maryanne Reed.

The Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly against the proposal Monday in Morgantown, news outlets reported.

Among the issues cited in the resolution was a lack of coronavirus vaccine mandates for students and staff. But the faculty approved a motion to remove that paragraph and to move another paragraph about “failing to respect shared governance” to the top.

The resolution also addressed hiring practices, work procedures and a perceived lack of transparency in academic initiatives.

A no confidence vote would have been nonbinding.

University Board of Governors Chair Tom Jones said in a statement after the vote that the board supports Gee and Reed.

“Their commitment, as well as the commitment of the entire administrative team, has enabled our University to navigate a global pandemic while preserving academic quality, maintaining financial stability, and protecting the health and safety of our campus community,” Jones said.

Before the vote, leading state Republican lawmakers spoke out against the proposed no confidence vote.

Gee has been in his second stint as WVU president since 2014. Reed was named provost in 2019.