(05/08/2008)
"The essence of all the motions presented in the Senate today contains a clear message - we at WVU must work to create an environment that assures everyone that this will never happen again," said WVU president Mike Garrison.

Garrison says he will not resign from the post following a scandal that involved the issuance of an MBA degree to Heather Bresch, Gov. Joe Manchin's daughter, although she did not earn it.

Garrison says it is now about moving ahead.

WVU Foundation personnel said yesterday that fund raising for WVU is about where it was this time last year, despite months of negative publicity.

Wayne King, president of the WVU Foundation, says, from July 1st through April 30th, the foundation raised $52 million dollars from nearly 31,000 donors.

While WVU's official board supports Garrison, the Faculty Senate called for his resignation. Garrison works for the board.

A reporter with the Chronicle for Higher Education says lots of people all over the country are watching what is happening at WVU.

"We've written multiple times about it. We put it on the front page and we're getting a lot of reader interest in it. It's certainly a big story this year and it's not just us," says Reporter Paul Fain.

Articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, joining a lot of national attention focused on the state's Supreme Court by national media and writers.

Fain says Monday's no confidence vote from WVU's Faculty Senate is not unique.

In 2005, Harvard's President was the subject of two such no confidence votes that lead to the end of his work in that role.

"The Board (of Governors) definitely has the power to hire and fire, nobody else. But, if the faculty are very upset and can continue to keep this going, it's going to be a problem for everybody," Fain said.


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