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Campus Conversations

As President Gee mentioned in his State of the University address on March 1, he has created several Transformation Teams . The goal of each team is to be innovative in its thinking as they work to identify $45 million in cost savings and revenue generation over the next five years.

It’s important that the entire campus community get involved. That’s why the University will be holding Campus Conversations. Open to everyone on campus, these gatherings will be an hour-long and feature a specific topic.

Campus Conversation: WVU’s 2019 Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan (VSIP)

The Campus Conversations on West Virginia University’s 2019 Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan (VSIP) program were held on April 25 and 26.

The conversations were facilitated by Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer, and Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture.

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Campus Conversation: WVU's Culture

Discussions were held at Campus Conversations on West Virginia University’s culture on March 12 and 13. 
Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture, and Sharon Martin, vice president of University Relations and Enrollment Management, facilitated the discussions, which were focused on the aggregate results from the 2018 WVU Culture Survey, year-over-year changes from previous surveys and actions the University is taking in response to the findings. The presenters discussed the overall results from WVU’s inaugural Upward Feedback program from earlier this year.


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View the 2018 WVU Culture Survey Aggregate Results


Additional Campus Conversation at WVU Health Sciences Center: House Bill 2519 “campus carry”

West Virginia University faculty, staff and students were invited to join an open conversation on House Bill 2519, which commonly is referred to as “campus carry.”


The conversation was facilitated by Rob Alsop, vice president for Strategic Initiatives, and Clay Marsh, M.D., vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences. The discussion provided an opportunity for our campus community to share their thoughts and concerns and ask questions about the legislation, as well as receive updates on the bill’s status.

View the latest FAQs on House Bill 2519.

Campus Conversation: Opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss 'campus carry' legislation


Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop invited University faculty, staff and students to join an open conversation today (Feb. 21) at 10 a.m. in the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater regarding House Bill 2519 referred to as “campus carry.”

This was an opportunity to share thoughts, concerns or ask questions about the legislation, as well as receive updates on the bill’s status.

An FAQ on the legislation is also available.

The University will also continue to provide additional updates in future editions of Under the Dome and MOUNTAINEER E-News.

Campus Conversation: House Bill 2519 “campus carry”

Recently two Campus Conversations were held on House Bill 2519 “ campus carry,” which was introduced in the West Virginia Legislature.

The events were facilitated by Rob Alsop, vice president of Strategic Initiatives, and Capt. William P. “W.P.” Chedester II, chief of University Police.

The conversation focused on:

  • Background on House Bill 2519,
  • the current state laws and WVU policies regarding firearms on campus, and
  • an overview of the legislation’s content and its implications at the University.

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Campus Conversation: An Introduction to WVU Staff Council

The session was co-facilitated by Michael Torries, chair of Staff Council, and Peggy Runyon, vice chair of Staff Council on Feb 14, 2019. The conversation focused on:

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Campus Conversation: Shared Services Project

Recently there were three Campus Conversations on the Shared Services project.

All three information sessions were co-facilitated by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and Lisa Sharpe, Project Director, Shared Services Operations.

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Campus Conversation: Compensation Update

West Virginia University hosted Campus Conversations on the University’s faculty and staff compensation efforts. The discussions focused on how compensation is structured at WVU and the University’s recent and upcoming compensation programs.

The events were facilitated by Rob Alsop, vice president of Strategic Initiatives, Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture, and Robert Richardson, director of Compensation.

Sessions were offered in early August and September to accommodate faculty and staff throughout the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – noon to 1 p.m., WVU College of Law Event Center
  • Friday, Sept. 7 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom
  • Monday, Sept. 10 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., WVU College of Law Event Center

Questions may be submitted before the events to campusconversations@mail.wvu.edu or via this form, which is not associated with an email.

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Campus Conversations: Moving Our Culture Forward

WVU hosted an additional Campus Conversation May 23 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mountainlair’s Small Gold Ballroom on moving our culture forward together.

The discussion focused on the aggregate results from recent Culture Surveys and actions the University is taking in response to the findings. Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture, and Sharon Martin, vice president of University Relations and Enrollment Management, co-facilitated the event.

Campus Conversations: WVU Dependent Education Scholarship

Three Campus Conversations were held on the new West Virginia University Dependent Education Scholarship.

All three information sessions were co-facilitated by Paula Congelio, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Toni Christian, Director of Benefits Administration.

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Campus Conversations: Moving Our Culture Forward

The discussions focused on the aggregate results from recent WVU Culture Surveys and actions the University is taking in response to the findings. Cris DeBord, vice president of Talent and Culture, and Sharon Martin, vice president of University Relations and Enrollment Management, co-facilitated the discussions.

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View the 2017 WVU Culture Survey aggregate results

Campus Conversations: West Virginia Forward

Campus Conversations were held on Thursday (Nov. 9) and Thursday, (Nov. 16) to discuss the West Virginia Forward initiative. WV Forward is a joint effort by West Virginia University, the Department of Commerce and Marshall University to address the state’s economic challenges

Both information sessions were co-facilitated by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and Rochelle Goodwin, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Strategy, who shared and discussed the cooperative plan to move WV Forward.

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Campus Conversations: BOG policies related to faculty

Campus Conversations were held on Board of Governors policies related to faculty on the following dates:

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These sessions are for informational purposes; however, notes will be taken and the results reviewed by the team charged with recommending modifications to the policies. Although not a part of the official 30-day comment process for the proposed rules, the events may affect the final proposals. To review or officially comment on the proposed rules, please visit policies.wvu.edu.

Campus Conversation: Bi-weekly Pay

There were four Campus Conversations about the change to a biweekly pay schedule held on these dates:

Both WVU Morgantown sessions were facilitated by Rob Alsop, vice president for strategic initiatives, Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer and Anjali Halabe, associate vice president for finance.

The WVU Beckley and WVU Keyser sessions will be co-facilitated by Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer and Anjali Halabe, associate vice president for finance.

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Campus Conversation: Proposed Human Resources Rules

The session was co-facilitated by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture, who discussed the proposed Human Resources rules – performance management, reduction in force and classification and compensation.

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BOG Policies-Classification and Compensation

BOG Policies- Performance Management

BOG Policies-Reduction in Force (RIF)

This session is for informational purposes only and it is not a part of the official comment process for the proposed rules. To review or officially comment on the proposed rules, please visit http://policies.wvu.edu.


Campus Conversation: Proposed Human Resources Policies

These information-gathering sessions were opportunities for you to share ideas and feedback with your university and were held on:

Both information-gathering sessions were co-facilitated by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Legal, Government and Entrepreneurial Engagement, and Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture.

These sessions provided a chance to learn about and discuss new Human Resources policies on:

The May 24 session was streamed live at webcast.wvu.edu so all WVU campuses could participate. Supervisors were encouraged to allow their staff to attend or view the discussions, as long as their operational needs permit.

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Campus Conversation: Human Resources Bill HB 2542

On Monday, February 27, Campus Conversation was held in the Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair, to discuss the Human Resources bill that was introduced to the legislature last week. West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee was joined by Rob Alsop, Vice President for Legal, Government and Entrepreneurial Engagement, and Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture, to discuss the proposed legislative changes and answer questions.

If you missed the session or would like to review, you can do so by clicking through the button below. Also, there is an FAQ you can review with answers to commonly asked questions. Additional questions are being received and we will add to the FAQ daily. After reviewing that document, if you still have a question, you may submit it to campusconversations@mail.wvu.edu or through the form at http://go.wvu.edu/cc8.

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House Bill 2542


Campus Conversation: Mission, Vision and Values

Three sessions of Campus Conversations took place in October, November and more recently on Tuesday, February 21. Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture, and Sharon Martin, Vice President for University Relations, led the discussion on the mission, vision and values for West Virginia University. After several sessions, the University is nearing a final draft of a new vision statement, as well as value statements. The Conversation was an informal discussion.

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Campus Conversation: Strategic Goals and Five Year Budget Plan

The fourth Campus Conversation- Strategic Goals and Five Year Budget Plan was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Erickson Alumni Center. Provost Joyce McConnell discussed the strategic goals of the University, while Vice President for Administration and Finance Narvel Weese and Vice Provost Russ Dean shared the five-year budget plan and ways it will be implemented.

Read President Gee's Letter

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Campus Conversation: Turning Off the Lights and Other Strategic Ways to Save Energy and Money


The third topic was Turning Off the Lights – and Other Strategic Ways to Save Energy and Money
which was presented on June 22 and 23.

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Campus Conversation: Transformation through Innovative Business Practices and Strategic Procurement

The second in the series of Campus Conversation discussions were held on May 19 and May 23 . The presentation featured the topic, Transformation through Innovative Business Practices and Strategic Procurement.

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Campus Conversation-WVU Budget 101: Challenges and Opportunities

The first Campus Conversation discussions, titled WVU Budget 101: Challenges and Opportunities, were held on April 18 and 21.

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Why did the University develop these sessions?

Dr. Gee mentioned in his State of the University address on March 1 that West Virginia University must think differently about higher education. We need to implement strategies that lead to effective management of resources and provide for transformative growth.

To be innovative in our thinking, WVU has created several Transformation Teams. The goal is to identify more than $45 million in cost savings and revenue generation over the next five years.

We will make this happen by being creative, collaborative and bold. This is not a time to be risk averse. Rather, it is a time to be strategic risk takers in order to position West Virginia University as a progressive leader known for its commitment to education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.

How will Campus Conversations work?

Each month the University will hold sessions to discuss ideas and gather input from the campus community. Conversations will be one-hour long. At least two sessions per topic will be scheduled.

Conversations will be held in different locations, as well as be broadcast live. Sessions also will be videotaped and posted on this site following the discussion.

What if I cannot attend in person?

Campus Conversations will be broadcast live, as well as be videotaped for viewing later. Head to webcast.wvu.edu to watch live or visit this site to watch later.

You also can send questions prior to the session at social@mail.wvu.edu.

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