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WVU oddly quiet on voluntary give-backs

West Virginia College has been surprisingly quiet about one thing that, from a public relations standpoint, it needs to be shouting from the rooftops.

Just a few weeks in the past, it was introduced that prime directors had been requested to voluntarily “give again” as much as 10% of their annual wage. In keeping with a WVU assertion, there was 100% participation, leading to $772,772 (sure, that could be a weirdly particular quantity) being given again to the college.

On a macro scale, this almost three-quarters of one million {dollars} doesn’t even put a dent within the $41 million deficit WVU faces. However on a micro scale, that quantity simply covers a well-paid professor’s wage for over a decade, or it covers a number of educators’ salaries for a number of years. And once we’re speaking about actual folks with actual lives and actual bills, that’s an enormous deal.

So why isn’t WVU blaring the excellent news from each metaphorical megaphone it will probably?

Dozens, if not lots of, of scholars, present and former college, alumni and neighborhood members advocated for directors to take pay cuts to offset a few of the deficit, with the hope that trimming from the highest would save jobs on the backside. And WVU did simply that. Not as a lot as many would love, however the college nonetheless did it.

And but, when requested in regards to the voluntary give again, WVU hems and haws and gained’t give a straight reply.

President Gordon Gee made the request on Oct. 23 and it was introduced at a College Senate assembly Nov. 6. Our reporter David Beard instantly adopted up and was instructed that the college wouldn’t have the ability to present particulars till the next week. When it lastly did reply, the college offered just about no info past the entire quantity given again. WVU wouldn’t establish who participated within the voluntary cuts nor what number of participated nor how a lot every particular person selected to provide (keep in mind, it was “as much as 10%”).

Even when folks didn’t wish to disclose the precise quantity, one would assume the collaborating directors would wish to be acknowledged for taking one for the staff, so to talk. However the college has carried out all the things it will probably to maintain this on the down-low as a lot as doable.

Maybe that is reflective of the “do good when nobody is watching” philosophy, however WVU’s refusal to offer extra particulars doesn’t really feel like humbleness or humility. Contemplating the verbal beating WVU has taken over its tutorial transformation, one would assume it will take no matter good press it might presumably get.

When Gee sat down with the Editorial Board in September, he was adamant that WVU has been nothing however clear. We didn’t fairly agree with him then, however we actually don’t agree with that sentiment now. The college can not proclaim its transparency whereas it’s being surprisingly tight-lipped about one thing we’d assume it will be celebrating.