WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — The West Liberty University Board of Governors announced Wednesday evening it has accepted the resignation of university president Robin Capehart, effective this Sunday, March 15.

Capehart will stay on with WLU as a legislative liaison and consultant through Dec. 31, 2015.

WLU President Robin Capehart

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WLU President Robin Capehart

The announcement said:

“The Board thanks President Capehart for his contributions to the advancement of West Liberty University and acknowledges his many accomplishments during his tenure. The Board wishes him well in his continuing efforts to engage the Community and help the State.

“I am extremely grateful to the Board of Governors for their willingness to allow me to stay a part of the West Liberty University family while becoming involved with an area that is important to the University’s future,” Capehart said in the prepared release.

The resignation less than two months after the state Ethics Commission issued an order against Capehart setting an April 16 hearing date on a 13-count charge.

The charges allege President Capehart put his film company employee on the payroll of WLU and that employee charged the university while at the time when she was mostly working on the film “Random Acts of Christmas” for Capehart’s film company.

Capehart is also charged with using West Liberty’s computer equipment in film production and using a state purchasing card for expenses when he was promoting one of the films.

Capehart immediately refuted the charges.

“For three years, these allegations have been vigorously and thoroughly refuted through sworn affidavits, meticulously supported by documentary evidence,” Capehart said in a statement at the time that was forwarded to MetroNews. “Each and every allegation has been categorically denied and has been presented to resolve these frivolous accusations. West Liberty University is focused on continuing to provide leadership for higher education in the State of West Virginia.”

The West Liberty Faculty Senate gave Capehart a ‘no confidence’ vote earlier this month.

Capehart is a former state Tax Commissioner, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party and gubernatorial candidate.

The WLU board named Dr. John McCullough interim president. The 44-year employee of West Liberty has served in the role twice previously.

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  • CaptainQ

    Guess this is one of the last articles on this website that doesn't require Facebook login.

    First of all, so long Robin Capehart! if you weren't guilty of what you've been accused of, then you wouldn't be leaving like this.

    Secondly, looks like CaptainQ is done on this site. I do not have FB, I do not want FB and in my opinion, FB is a great way put your personal data out there for criminals to steal your identity and perhaps, much more. So folks, this is CaptainQ, signing off.

    It's been fun, but now it's done.

    • Wowbagger

      Same here Captain. Facebook is a huge personal security risk and Twitter is both a security risk and just plain childish to boot! Anonymity is most valuable today and most squander it for nothing.

      Sir it's been good to know you!

  • Gary Karstens

    He is arrogant and wouldn't have resigned unless he knew they had him!!!! He gets to put it in cruise-control with this cake job until retirement. I don't believe in that. The resignation should have not been accepted under those conditions. This is typical of when caught red-handed....a backroom deal is cut.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    I thought he did a good job as president . In a crowded field he made WL stand out . WL differentiated and added value under his leadership . He made the school relevant again .

    • Wowbagger

      It looks to me like a bunch of Birkenstock wearing professors saw a chance to oust and smear the conservative and took advantage of the situation. I will guarantee ultimately this will cost WLU in terms of alumnae bequests.

    • JK

      $3 million deficit is not a good job, but it sure as heck makes WL "stand out."

  • JK

    State employees - especially former cabinet secretaries - should know not to spend state dollars on personal stuff. It's unethical and quite possibly illegal. WLU is in a deep financial hole now, and continuing to pay Capehart his $200+K salary to do nothing (legislative liaison, really?) isn't going to help.

  • Harvey

    Good riddance to a hold over of the Arch Moore politicization of WV higher education.

  • Rick S.

    It is very unfortunate that Robin Capehart become embroiled in this mess.

    Capehart was the driving force in West Liberty's turnaround. It was his leadership that turned the institution from an afterthought college into a credible university.

    I find it ironic that the Faculty Senate voted no confidence in Capehart. Before Capehart's arrival, pretty much the entire public had no confidence in West Liberty. How soon some forget.

    It will be interesting to see after Capehart's departure if West Liberty can maintain its positive momentum or slip back into the irrelevance it was for decades.

    • Ron from Morgantown

      I agree . He took the job and showed real leadership . The WL logo was worn with pride throughout the region . Now BB also had something to do with that . If you lose your BB coach as well then the school will drift towards community college status .

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    Ah yes. Another corrupt educator. I'll even wager he's a registered liberal demo.

    • John

      How stupid are you? Did you read the article? He is the head of the wv republican party. He also is not an educator. He is a politician who tried to use a university for his own political gain.

      • JK

        He's not even a registered Republican anymore, and he spent tax dollars like a Democrat while at WLU. Keep up.

    • autoeer

      You either didn't read the article or your sarcasm button was turned off. The article stated:


      Capehart is a former state Tax Commissioner, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party and gubernatorial candidate.

      • JK

        FORMER Republican chair (he switched party registration to independent in 2006) - several years ago - during which tenure he was investigated by the Ethics Comm for using Marshall Univ resources for political activity. Look it up.

    • JK

      He's registered independent, but spends tax dollars like a Democrat.

  • Woodchuck

    Does staying on until Dec. 30, 2015 guarantee him a retirement check? I've never known legislative liaisons to do much of anything.