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Commission Approves WVSU President's Contract


West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill will get a pay raise under a new five-year contract.

The university announced Thursday that the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved the contract.

Hemphill’s base salary will increase from $235,500 to $287,410. The contract also includes additional compensation paid by the WVSU Foundation that will be based on performance measures.

Board of Governors member Gary Swingle says in a news release that Hemphill’s compensation package aligns more adequately with peer institutions. He also says the president’s duties have increased significantly and the package better compensates them.

The contract is effective July 1.

Hemphill has served as West Virginia State’s president since 2012.

Since then, he has led a $53.98 million infrastructure revitalization effort, launched a strategic plan and increased fundraising.