West Virginia University faculty call for head to resign

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The president of West Virginia University is fighting for his job amid a scandal involving a degree awarded to the governor's daughter.

The school's faculty Senate has overwhelmingly voted for a non-binding resolution demanding that Mike Garrison quit, or that the university's Board of Governors require his resignation.

But Garrison is refusing to step down, saying he's "got a lot of work left to do for the university." He has the support of the board and Governor Joe Manchin, who appointed most of its members.

An independent panel concluded last month that Manchin's daughter, Heather Bresch, was given a degree she didn't earn. It said administrators caved to political pressure -- real or perceived.

The university's provost and the business school dean have resigned their administrative posts over the controversy and returned to teaching.

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