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WLU biology professor, Dr. Zach Loughman, is shown accepting his award in Charleston.
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A West Liberty University researcher has been named the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's Professor of the Year.


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Former West Liberty University President Robin Capehart will earn the same salary in his new role as a legislative liaison and consultant.

Capehart resigned last week following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate. He will remain with the university through 2015.

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The approval of an interim president for West Liberty University is before a meeting of the Higher Education Policy Commission.

The commission is scheduled to meet Friday in South Charleston to take up that matter among many other items on a long meeting agenda.

The interim leadership is needed because President Robin Capehart resigned this week following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate.

Capehart's executive assistant, John McCullough, was named interim president while a search is conducted for a permanent successor.

  West Liberty University announced this week that President Robin Capehart submitted a letter of resignation which was accepted by the university's Board of Governors. 

The West Liberty University faculty senate has voted no confidence in President Robin Capehart, who is facing an ethics complaint.
 
The vote Monday was 13-6, according to media reports.
 
The vote follows a complaint in January by the West Virginia Ethics Commission alleging Capehart used university resources to promote his film company's movie "Doughboy."
 

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West Liberty University's Board of Governors is expected to meet soon to discuss its options regarding an ethics complaint against the school's president.

Media outlets report that the board's executive committee met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the complaint against West Liberty President Robin Capehart. Board chairman George Couch says the board's legal counsel gave the committee an update. He didn't provide details.

Couch says the full board likely will hold a special meeting in the next week to 10 days.

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Jake Harriman, an Inspiring West Virginian who is fighting extreme poverty in the world.  And Clark Davis has a report about West Liberty University basketball.  The team is one of the best in the country…again. 

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A year after falling just one win short of a Division 2 National Championship, West Liberty Basketball is once again one of the best teams in the country.

On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.  And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.  Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.

The West Liberty Hilltoppers will play for an NCAA Division II men's basketball championship for the first time in school history.  The Hilltoppers knocked off South Carolina-Aiken 86-83 in Thursday night's national semifinals.

West Liberty isi now 31-3 overall.  WTOV-TV reports the 7th ranked Hilltoppers will face 20th ranked Central Missouri in the championship game Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Evansville,   Indiana. 

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Crayfish are one of the most endangered animal groups in the country, but recently a scientist at West Liberty University discovered three new species--and says there may be more on the way. That's not a big surprise if you know Zachary Loughman. He's one of only nine crayfish biologists in the country and maybe the most enthusiastic.

“Any second of any day I will look for crayfish. Period," Loughman says.

He says Appalachia is the perfect place to research crayfish because it's such an ecologically diverse region.

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West Liberty University is getting a $24,760 grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to continue its recycling efforts.
 

The school says the award will allow its voluntary recycling program to grow from its infancy into a full-fledged, mandatory program.