WVU faculty vote “no confidence” in President Gee

FILE - This is a June 20, 2016, file photo showing West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee in Morgantown, W.V. The president of West Virginia University released a letter Sunday, March 1, 2020, emphasizing the university's commitment to safety after two recent shootings near the Morgantown campus, one of them involving a fatality.(Mark Shephard/The Dominion Post via AP, File)

West Virginia University faculty have passed a vote of no confidence against university president Gordon E. Gee.

The faculty overwhelmingly voted no confidence… 797 voted in favor, and only 100 voted against it.

Gee has come under fire for his leadership of the university, mainly for his efforts to downsize the school as enrollment dwindles and the budget shortage grows.

Gee got five minutes to speak to faculty, defending his record and pointing to several accomplishments.

WVU has made final recommendations for program cuts, including in the foreign languages and English departments. More recommendations are expected to come.

Gee’s contract was extended to January 2025. He says that he plans to retire at that point.

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