MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The Board of Governors wants to keep West Virginia University President James Clements on the job, but it's not ready to say how long or how much it's willing to pay.
The board approved a new contract agreement after an executive session last week and sent it to the state Higher Education Policy Commission for review. No date for a vote has been set, commission spokeswoman Ashley Schumaker said Wednesday.
In the meantime, WVU won't outline any salary or benefit details in the proposed agreement or comment on its duration. State law limited Clements' initial contract to two years, but subsequent contacts can go up to five years.
WVU spokesman John Bolt said details will be made public when the policy commission votes.
"It's not a secret. It's not a final contract,'' Bolt said, citing the need for commission approval. "... Once it's approved, it will be wide open for everybody to see.''
Clements' current two-year deal expires June 30. His new offer would go into effect on that date.
Clements signed a contract with WVU on March 27, 2009, that pays $450,000 a year. He started work June 30, 2009, leaving his job as provost at Maryland's Towson University.
His salary is $195,000 more than that of predecessor Mike Garrison, who was forced to resign after less than a year on the job over a master's degree scandal involving Sen. Joe Manchin's daughter.