As of July 1, 2001, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission became responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for higher education. It is charged with the oversight of the public higher education institutions to ensure they are accomplishing their missions and implementing legislative mandates.
Effective July 1, 2001, an Institutional Board of Governors oversees the operation of Bluefield State University. The Board consists of one full-time faculty member, one student, one full-time classified staff employee, and nine lay members appointed by the Governor.
This Board’s duties include: a) determining, controlling and supervising all financial affairs of the institution; b) developing a master plan for the Institutional Compact; c) submitting a budget request to the Higher Education Policy Commission; d) review of all academic programs at the institution every five years; e) exercising exclusive authority to approve teacher education programs at the institutional level; f) administering personnel pursuant to uniform rule; g) administering grievances; h) appointment and dismissal of the President; i) evaluating the President every three years; j) submitting an annual report to the Higher Education Policy Commission regarding the University’s Institutional Compact; k) entering into consortium agreements; 1) delegating power to the President; m) abiding by existing rules regarding acceptance of advanced placement credit; n) acquiring legal services; o) setting tuition and fees, and; p) rescinding delegation of power to the President when necessary.
Participation in governance of Bluefield State University is open to students, faculty, and staff through numerous committees, councils and senates. The University Council allows for participation by representatives of the faculty, classified staff, and students in conjunction with administrative personnel in general areas of governance. Representatives are comprised of elected officers from the three constituent groups. The University Council’s recommendations are subject to review and approval by the President and the Institutional Board of Governors.
The University Faculty Assembly and the Faculty Senate include the Faculty Chairperson as the presiding officer, and full time faculty. The Classified Staff Council represents classified staff and certain other university personnel. The President and the administrative officers for academic, student, and financial affairs regularly meet with these groups.