(b) The Legislature further finds that the appropriation of public moneys to attract and retain outstanding faculty and to encourage the commitment of private moneys with a view toward the accumulation of moneys in trust funds for these purposes is a proper annual expense of the state. Therefore, the establishment of an eminent scholars endowment trust fund at each state institution of higher education is a proper means of providing for the advancement of public higher education in this state.
"Board of governors" or "board" means the institutional boards of governors, individually or collectively, created pursuant to subsection (b), section one, article two-a of this chapter.
(b) Each board is exempt from liability for any loss or decrease in value of the assets or income of the fund, except as losses or decreases in value are shown to be the result of bad faith, gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
(c) For the purpose of valuing assets, a board may use any commonly accepted techniques of appraisal or commonly accepted principles of accounting. No agency of government nor any person, natural or corporate, may charge or collect any fee or receive any part of the principal or income from any appropriation, grant, gift or bequest as a fee for the acquisition or administration of the appropriation, grant, gift or bequest.
(d) A board shall at all times adhere to the terms and limitations of any appropriation, grant, gift or bequest received. However, a board may refuse to receive any grant, gift or bequest which incorporates terms and limitations which it considers to be unacceptable.
(e) A board may, in its sole discretion, borrow money when necessary in order to avoid the untimely sale of assets. At no time, however, may the board incur any debt obligation for such purpose which exceeds twelve months in duration.
(b) Gifts and bequests received after the first day of July, two thousand two, and restricted by the donor for use consistent with the purposes of this article constitute the principal in these accounts. The principal in each account may not be expended for any purpose. Each board of governors shall adopt a spending policy to protect the principal and the purchasing power of the original gift.
(c) Investment earnings accruing in each account during the previous fiscal year may be expended for the purposes set out in this article.
(d) The investment earnings accrued and any matching funds appropriated by the Legislature shall be used solely to supplement the base salaries of faculty who are appointed as eminent scholars after the first day of July, two thousand two, and who are selected as set out in this article.
(e) Gifts and bequests constituting the principal in these accounts may not consist of institutional funds or funds or assets received from the institution's affiliated foundation.
(f) For the purpose of encouraging the donation of private moneys to the fund, each board may designate specific chairs or specific areas of academic study or research as subjects of challenge grants. A specific chair, or a chair in a designated academic or research area, shall be established whenever the total amount of principal and accumulated investment earnings dedicated to it reaches an amount considered sufficient by the board to support the anticipated salary supplement for the chair.
(g) Salary supplements awarded under this article shall be in addition to the base contract salary of the faculty member. The base contract salary of the faculty member shall be consistent with that of other similarly situated faculty at the institution with the same rank, experience and field of study and shall be paid from funds other than those constituting the endowment accounts established pursuant to this article, investment earnings authorized for expenditure by the institutions spending policy, or the state appropriation to match the eligible investment earnings.
(h) Nothing in this article may be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(a) Establish documentation standards and review procedures to determine the eligibility of donor gifts to participate in the eminent scholars program when the gift is initially received or whenever the terms are significantly changed;
(b) Require that each participating institution report on total gifts received, investment earnings realized and anticipated expenditures in its annual operating budget request;
(c) Annually develop and submit a consolidated budget request for the eminent scholars program to the governor for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, two thousand three. The budget request shall include a request for an appropriation by the Legislature to each institutional account each fiscal year in an amount equal to the investment earnings in the previous fiscal year which are intended for use in the fiscal year to supplement the salaries of eminent scholars;
(d) Allocate any funds appropriated by the Legislature among the participating institutions in equal installments at the beginning of each quarter; and
(e) Submit to the Legislature no later than the first day of December of each year an annual report on the status of the programs, the qualifications and accomplishments of the eminent scholars, the value of endowment holdings, the investment earnings realized and salary supplements paid.
(b) Whether or not the governor includes the budget request of the policy commission as described in subsection (a) of this section, the Legislature may include an appropriation in the appropriate account.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(1) The prospective appointees' record of distinguished academic or professional work in an appropriate field as judged in national terms and verified by the department or college benefitting from the salary supplement;
(2) The prospective appointees' record of increasing the quality and reputation of academic programs and economic development through new research centers; and
(3) The relevance of prospective appointees' academic or professional work to the economic development goals of the state as defined by the West Virginia council for community and economic development.
(b) Appointees shall submit to peer review at the department or college and any other review procedures that are established by the institution.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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