WVC 18 B- 18 - 1
§18B-18-1. Legislative findings.
(a) The Legislature hereby finds that the essence of
excellence in education is the attraction and retention of
outstanding faculty; and that, however necessary modern facilities
and efficient and effective administration may be, the faculty
provides the catalyst by which all the elements of higher education
combine to offer a quality education. The Legislature further
finds that the attraction and retention of outstanding faculty at
all state colleges and universities, particularly those who have
attained distinction as scholars, teachers and researchers,
requires a long-term and permanent commitment from both public and
private sources. Private support will help strengthen the
commitment of citizens and organizations to the promotion of
excellence in higher education and will provide moneys for salaries
competitive with those paid to faculty of similar eminence working
for this country's leading colleges and universities.
(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.