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West Virginia State University is governed through a system of legislative procedures and administrative structures designed to provide for participation and consultation with the University community in the development of institutional policies and procedures for shared governance. Governance of the University is shared among the Board of Governors, the administration, faculty, staff and students through an indispensable interdependence approach.

Shared governance gives representation to faculty, staff and students, who are encouraged to participate in making significant decisions concerning the university. Shared governance is a unique and important aspect of life at West Virginia State University.  West Virginia State University promotes shared governance, as a "consultative process"  comprised of  constiuencies empowered to fulfill a distinct role ensuring participation throughout the University in the formulation of University policies and procedures, embracing the governance principles of; collegiality, disclosure, responsiveness, and accountability. Shared governance is accomplished through broad consultation and timely decision making.

West Virginia State Universsity is a public university, tax-exempt entity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, with oversight by an institutional Board of Governors. The University Board of Governors is guided according to the West Virginia Code (WV§18B-2A-1). consisting of nine members appointed by the Governor of West Virginia and elected representatives by students, faculty and staff. The Board sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation and control of the university. Among the powers given to the Board is the power to appoint a President. The Board delegates broad authority to the President to operate the university.

Reporting to the Board of Governors, President Anthony L. Jenkins.  President Jenkins leads his Cabinet to direct the academic and administrative activities and offices at the University. Working together, the President and his senior leadership plan for the future growth of WVSU while staying true to the mission "to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research" and core values.

The University is a distinctive “living laboratory of human relations”  cultivating  its diverse and inclusive campus community.  As a 21st Century, master’s-level university, WVSU has attained national prominence as a historically black institution (HBCU), 1890 land-grant university that is filling a need for higher education for students who want to obtain the knowledge and leadership capabilities to compete in a global marketplace.
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The following principles underlie and guide the development of all structures of shared faculty governance at WVSU:
  1. Interdependence: Governance of the university is shared among the Board of Governors, the administration, faculty, staff and students in an indispensable interdependence.
  2. Inclusiveness: Governance includes participation by administrators, faculty members at all ranks, staff and all classification and student types., 
  3. Transparency and communication: Governance requires transparency, which is best achieved through a reliable system of regular two-way communication between representatives and their constituents.
  4. Accountability: Representatives who serve in governance roles are both directly accountable to their constituents and responsible for the welfare of the institution as a whole.
  5. Democratic: Whenever possible, direct election is preferred to appointment in the assignment of representatives to governance roles.
  6. Deliberative: Governance proceeds by the free exchange of ideas in fair, candid, and reasoned discussion, with the goal of efficiently arriving at a course of action.
  7. Consistent: As far as practicable, the structures of governance across the institution will be approximately congruent.
  8. Collegial: Participants in governance engage in respectful, constructive dialogue that promotes a climate of trust and cooperation.
  9. Fairness: Governance exhibits fair treatment of all members of the campus community by incorporating in its work adequate notice, grievance procedures, clear, appropriate and accessible channels to appeal, and adjudication by peers.
  10. Recognition: Governance is a recognized and valued form of service at the university, school and unit level.
  11. Plurality: Although these principles of governance apply to throughout the university, the forms of governance may vary among units.
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