19 May 2008

DaughterGate Update

Several students and faculty refused to shake the hand of President Mike Garrison at West Virginia University's weekend commencement ceremonies, according to reports by The Associated Press, MetroNews, The Charleston Gazette and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Walker Machinery Co. President Steve Walker has resigned from WVU's College of Business and Economics' advisory board "because of the master's degree scandal involving the governor's daughter."

The Intelligencer of Wheeling interviewed Garrison, offering both a story and the complete Q-and-A.

Update: AP reports that WVU's Board of Governors "is holding an emergency meeting to discuss personnel issues" Monday afternoon. An agenda, such as it is, is here.

Update II: The board met for three-plus hours in executive session before deciding "they likely won’t take any action against embattled President Mike Garrison until next month,"AP reports. "Garrison is due to present a corrective action plan June 6 to the board, along with any other response from his administration to a master’s degree scandal involving the governor’s daughter."

Also... As AP notes, Gov. Joe Manchin issued a statement Monday that declares that "the WVU Board of Governors members are not under my control" and that "I consider this matter one that should be decided by the members of the Board of Governors based upon their own insights and beliefs and information." MetroNews, among others, has the release.

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