WVU President Holds Power

While those following conference realignment watched for the results of a Board of Curators meeting at Missouri on Tuesday afternoon, a 2002 resolution adopted at West Virginia University gives its presidents the authority to act on such matters without needing to seek the approval of the school's Board of Governors.

The resolution, dated Feb. 8, 2002, grants WVU presidents certain powers "in order for the business affairs of the University to function in a proper and expeditious manner."

University spokesperson Becky Lofstead indicated two of the 16 points within the document were particularly relevant to conference alignment.

The first grants presidents "the authority to contract on behalf of the Board in accordance with the laws of the State." The second allows leaders, including current WVU President James P. Clements, "to manage all auxiliary enterprises of the University."

Clements also has "the authority to take any and all actions necessary to do the foregoing," according to the resolution, which was signed by then-Board chairman Vaughn L. Kiger.

A separate source, who spoke to BlueGoldNews.com on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Board of Governors would not need to convene to allow the University to make a move to the Southeastern Conference or any other league.

Multiple sources indicated West Virginia has had discussions with more than one conference concerning realignment issues.

"I can't say anything specifically about the conference or realignment," Lofstead said.

Full Text of the Feb. 8, 2002 Delegation of Authority to the President

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