West Virginia University Faculty Express Symbolic No Confidence in President E. Gordon Gee
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia University faculty approved a symbolic motion on Wednesday expressing no confidence in President E. Gordon Gee as the university addresses a $45 million budget shortfall.
The university is struggling with the financial toll of dwindling enrollment, revenue lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and an increasing debt load for new building projects. The budget shortfall is projected to grow as high as $75 million in five years.
The faculty resolution on Gee said his administration's poor planning, faulty decision making and financial mismanagement has significantly contributed to the crisis. It called into question Gees ability to responsibly, honestly and effectively lead, facilitate and participate in decision making.
I must say that if I had done all of those things, Id probably vote no confidence myself, Gee told the faculty prior to the vote.