Board of Governors votes to maintain Gnage contract

PARKERBSURG – The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors voted to continue the contract of the college president without a pay adjustment, the chairman of the board said.

Chairman Jamie Six said officials voted this week to maintain WVU-P President Marie Foster Gnage’s contact as is.

“We voted to continue to her contract as it is currently in place,” Six said. “No adjustment.”

Gnage has one year remaining on a three-year contract.

The school’s board met Wednesday evening at the Jackson County campus in Ripley.

Six said the decision to continue the contract was no reflection of Gnage, but a response to the cuts in funding.

“We are dealing with a 7.5 percent cut in funding from the state,” he said. “It is just the financial place we find ourselves this year.”

Gnage became president of WVU-P in July 2004. The base salary is $160,000 a year.

WVU-P is the state’s largest community college with more than 4,500 students in Parkersburg and at its Jackson County Center. Under Gnage, the school has grown from a two-year community college to one that offers four-year programs.

The school has also started developing a downtown campus and is working with the West Virginia Army National Guard to construct a multi-use readiness center. Plans call for an event and convention center for the college, hosting athletic events, banquets and trade shows.

It will also house kitchen and storage facilities and classrooms. The facility is projected to seat as many as 3,500 people and encompass almost 58,000 square feet.

Gnage also was recently recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Parkersburg Elks. She also was a finalist for the president’s post at South Florida State College.

“I am happy to continue my service as president of this college. There are still so many opportunities for me and the college,” Gnage said in a statement.

Six said the Gnage’s search for other jobs was not a factor.

“Even though it is a three-year contract we have always looked at making adjustments at her base or financial salary we didn’t feel it would be appropriate with the cuts,” Six said.