WLU Board of Governors Accepts Robin Capehart’s Resignation, Appoints New Interim President

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The West Liberty University Board of Governors has accepted the resignation of president Robin Capehart. In a meeting Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to accept Capehart’s resignation effective March 15. Capehart will take a new position as a Legislative Liaison and Consultant to the university through December 31, 2015.

Capehart has been accused of ethics violations by the West Virginia Ethics Committee, accusations he has denied since they were first brought against him. The 13-count complaint alleges that Capehart used a state-issued credit card to promote the film “Doughboy, which featured his daughter and was produced by his film company, Flyover Films. The complaint also states he spent time away from the university on a tour to promote the movie and used the university television state to advertise the movie.

On March 2, the West Liberty University faculty senate voted 13 to 6 in a no confidence vote against Capehart.

Related Story: Faculty Senate votes ‘No Confidence’ in WLU President Capehart because of ethics accusations

In a press release, the board thanked Capehart for his contributions to the advancement of West Liberty University and acknowledged his many accomplishments during his tenure.

“I am extremely grateful to the Board of Governors for their willingness to allow me to stay a part of the West Liberty University family while becoming involved with an area that is important to the University’s future,” Capehart said in a statement.

A motion to name Dr. John McCullough interim president has been approved by the board. Our partners at The State Journal reports his appointment takes effect March 15, pending approval by the West Virginia Higher Educational Policy Commission and will be in force through the remainder of the 2014-15 fiscal year. 

“Our challenge is like what other institutions have to deal with, there has to be a focus on enrollment, consistency, our finances. When you have the outstanding faculty, staff, great alums, it makes that job easier,” said Dr. McCullough.

The board will soon begin the search for a new president.

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