CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission voted Monday to confirm Gordon Gee as West Virginia University’s 24th president.

“President Gee is a vibrant leader with unmatched credentials,” HEPC Chairman Dr. Bruce Berry said. “We look forward to working with President Gee and the entire campus as we strive to increase opportunities for our students and expand the positive impact of higher education on West Virginia communities.”

The university’s Board of Governors voted unanimously March 3 to recommend Gee’s hiring, and a WVU staff group voiced its approval.

“Classified staff are very pleased that Dr. Gee has accepted the full time position, as president, of West Virginia University,” said WVU staff council chair Lisa Martin.

Gee, hired in December as interim president, announced he would accept the job last Tuesday.

Martin said Gee has been very involved with classified staff from his first day on the job. “From the beginning … he has always been a proponent of classified staff,” she said.

Martin said staff council has had productive monthly meetings with Gee: “(He’s) absolutely in tune with everything we’ve presented to him.”

The HEPC said Gee will work under his current contract until June 30 and then sign a new two-year deal. The details are still being finalized.

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  • Lisa

    Classified employees are those whose jobs are assigned to particular titles, job families and paygrades in the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s (HEPC) pay system (often inaccurately referred to as the “Mercer System,” as it was developed for West Virginia Higher Education by the Mercer Human Resource Consulting firm). The classification plan was established by the West Virginia Legislature in WV Code §18B-9-1, creating a “uniform system of personnel classification” for all West Virginia public higher education institutions. Only the statewide Job Evaluation Committee (JEC), chaired by the HEPC Human Resources Administrator and comprised of both classified staff and human resources representatives from various institutions in the state, has the authority to establish new and any changes to job titles, job families and assignments of jobs to paygrades.

    I suppose now you're going to ask 'What is HEPC?' Please do your homework before posting ridiculous comments.

    Thank you, Mitch and Aaron, for providing some common sense to this message board.

    • Alum

      Wow Lisa. A little testy when someone asks a question?

      On second thought, maybe it's arrogance.

  • Shadow

    What is the meaning of Classified Staff? I have never heard the use of the term. Is it a WVU invention? No company that I ever worked for had a Classified Staff.

    • Classified

      There are two tiers of workers in higher education. Non-classified staff are usually department heads and (some) IT staff for whom salary negotiations are allowed. They are "will and pleasure" employees who have an annual contract. Classified staff pay and benefits are determined by the classified staff salary schedule, which is based on years of service and job level. Pay is not negotiable. Classified staff (the bulk of higher education staff) have protections that non-classified staff do not, like job security and due process before termination.

    • Alum

      From a WJAR news story:

      Among those at WVU expressing a positive reaction to the appointment of E. Gordon Gee as the permanent president at WVU is the university's non-faculty employees, or classified staff.

  • wvumd82

    Your comments are baseless, silly, and without merit. I was stunned when Dr. Gee was only an interim....if he was available, I thought it a no brain hire. This guy has a track record that puts him among the top university presidents in the country.

  • jake

    Who are these people and how are they put into these positions. Are the a part of the good old boy/girl system. That seems to be the

  • Aaron

    What about the faculty? Will their recommendation be relayed to the HEC prior to a final decision? And why have we seen no mention of what the faculty desire? As no one questioned faculty representatives or spokespeople?

    • Aaron

      I realize this is a very difficult concept to grasp to many of you although I am surprised that as an implied teacher, Myron should know this but faculty, staff and students all have a voice in how higher institution of leanings are operated.

      In addition to each group having a representative on the Board of Governors thus direct access to the President, while they cannot hire or fire University Administrators, their collective voices are a part of academia.

      One example is the most recent change in leadership at West Virginia State University was preceded by a faculty vote of no confidence. As Presidents work very closely with all groups, more times than not, the HEC would like to have the support of each group. While not required to hire someone, it makes EVERYONE’s job easier.

      I can understand that others as if you've never been a part of academia I’m surprised that as an alleged educator Myron doesn't understand that.

      • Mitch

        As you can see, we have a lot of posters on here who know how to run their mouths, but have very little idea of what they are actually talking about.
        Apparently, most of them seem to mistakenly believe that since they are able to impress themselves, that that makes them impressive.

    • Nobama

      They probably couldn't find any of the faculty. They only seem to be around when they are up for evaluation.

      • Mike

        That makes a lot of sense to me. Let's let the employees decide who their new boss is. I'm sure it's done that way most places.

        • Aaron

          Given that the "employees" are highly educated individuals with many years of experience, while the faculty's do not get to make the decision, their opinion is part of the consideration.

          • Myron

            Man....that is funny. Did you select your last boss?!