WV Higher Education Policy Commission approves presidential contract, appoints representative to financial aid advisory board, reauthorizes two institutions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In a special meeting today, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission voted to approve the compensation package for Dr. Dianna Phillips, newly appointed interim president at Fairmont State University. Dr. Phillips, who previously served as Fairmont State’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, was appointed as interim president by the institution’s board of governors on July 15.

“I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Phillips in this role as we work, collectively as a state, to increase opportunities for our students to succeed in their studies and in their careers,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education.

Also today, the Commission approved the appointment of Dr. Beverly Boggs, Director of Financial Aid and Assistant Vice President of Enrollment at Marshall University, to the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board. This is a statutory board that provides financial aid expertise and policy guidance to the state on matters related to federal, state, and private student financial aid resources and programs. Dr. Boggs will serve a three-year term.

As part of its role to annually reauthorize all baccalaureate institutions in the state to confer degrees, the Commission also voted today to reauthorize Alderson Broaddus University and Bethany College following a review of additional information requested at its June 10 meeting.