(1) The absence is approved by the president of the state institution of higher education by which the professional is employed;
(2) The leave of absence does not exceed two years; or
(3) If the leave of absence extends for more than two years, the president requests approval from the governing board for the absence in writing each year and the board approves each request up to eight full years.
(b) An individual who remains in governmental employment with leave granted in accordance with this section forfeits all rights to academic tenure, rank and position formerly held at the employing institution at the end of the eighth year of government employment. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session