FAIRMONT – The Fairmont State Board of Governors will hold a special session at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss legal, personnel and other matters.
The meeting will lead to a discussion and possible action relating to the contract renewal of the president of the university, Mirta Martin, according to Budd Sapp, a member of the Board.
“I was told that there would not be any public comment,” Sapp said.
Sapp made the announcement at a meeting of Fairmont State’s Faculty Senate Tuesday, which was the first time the members of the organization had heard of the meeting. He said he could give no further information on the meeting.
Also at the meeting, Tyler Keller, the president of the university’s Student Government Association, discussed the organizations distribution of a presidential petition to people of the university as well as local West Virginia lawmakers, in order to give the constituents of the institution a voice.
“We just want people to be able to have a voice,” Keller said. “I think what we’re all doing is working in a positive direction to make the university more cohesive and moving in the same direction.”
The survey was met with surprise from the Faculty Senate, both for the distribution of the survey and the concerns it brought up among the staff members who received the survey.
“We’ve actually been approached by many faculty who are reluctant to sign,” Keller said. “They’re worried about retribution from their department... We tried to be as transparent as possible and whenever saw that there were concerns from the Faculty Senate at that meeting, that’s exactly when we started compiling emails, working together.”
Despite these concerns, the president of the Faculty Senate said there could not be any retribution for anyone’s actions with the survey, and the Student Government Association is allowed to conduct the survey.
In addition, the Faculty Senate is delivering a survey to faculty on the subject of presidential perception, which has been designed by the Presidential Perception Committee.
“We have no authority over Student Government, we’re the Faculty Senate,” said Matthew Hokom, Faculty Senate president. “Anyone can sign or not sign if they wish; one of the things we’d like you to take back to your departments is just let the faculty know they are under no obligation.”