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Blue Ribbon Commission

On June 28, 2018, Governor Jim Justice announced a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine four-year public higher education. The commission, co-chaired by WVU’s President Gordon Gee, Marshall’s President Jerome Gilbert, and Concord’s President Kendra Boggess, is to submit its report to the governor by December 10, 2018. Thirty-six percent of the commission’s membership is made up of WVU partisans. Shepherd’s representative is Board of Governors chair and alumnus Eric Lewis.

The governor’s charge, issued July 27, 2018, states:

Governor Jim Justice sent this charge to the Chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four Year Higher Education this morning in advance of their first meeting today. The Governor hopes this charge will guide the Commission as they undertake the task of examining West Virginia’s four year higher education system.

Guiding Principles

The Governor charges the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four Year Higher Education to recommend policies, structure, and organization to improve four-year higher education. The Report will be submitted to the Governor by December 10, 2018.

Structure and organization

The Commission will recommend policies that support keeping schools in communities with institutional local governing boards, and that support mission differentiation, particularly, service, research, and innovation. In forming recommendations, the Commission will do the following:

Educational Attainment

The Commission will recommend policies that provide all four-year institutions the opportunity to meet goals to increase access, retention and degree attainment. The Commission will do the following:

Blue Ribbon Commission Website

Blue Ribbon Commission Membership and Sub-Committees

Blue Ribbon Commission sub-committee list
Updated: September 6, 2018

Governance: Drew Payne, Chair
Marty Becker
Steve Paine
Gordon Gee will act as resource person

Finance: Gary White, Chair
Ellen Cappellanti
Eric Lewis
Mirta Martin
Jerry Gilbert will act as resource person

Collaboration: Mike Farrell, Chair
Amelia Courts
Dale Lee
Anthony Jenkins
Kendra Boggess will act as resource person