Gordon Gee Likely to Get Contract Extension

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Despite a reported $45 million deficit and harsh criticism from supporters of West Virginia University, WVU is considering extending E. Gordon Gee’s contract for him to remain the President of the university until 2025.

Gee, 79, has been West Virginia University’s President since 2014 and has received mixed reviews from the public; some consider him to still be an outstanding leader for the university while others believe that he’s a major part of the reason that WVU is in the current financial mess that it’s in.

A special board meeting has been called by the West Virginia University Board of Governors for July 31, 2023, and one of the items on the agenda to be discussed is Gee’s future. Item 8 on the July 31st agenda reads, “Discussion on President Gee’s recent performance evaluation and consideration and possible Board action relating to extending the contract of President Gee to remain as President of West Virginia University for one additional year, to June 30, 2025.”

Gee’s current contract ends June 30, 2024, so he would receive a one year extension if that is what the Board of Governors decides. West Virginia University will go through accreditation in 2024 and the Board of Governors will likely decide that Gee is the best option to lead the university during that time.

Full Board of Governors Agenda: https://bog.wvu.edu/files/d/51ca0d2f-3db2-4ae8-a19d-a35b03ca7987/july-31-2023-final-meeting-agenda-for-special-board-meeting.pdf