CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the state Higher Education Policy Commission are expected to vote Friday on a revised contract for West Virginia University President Jim Clements.
However, members of the public -- including WVU students and their parents -- don't know how much Clements will be paid or what benefits he will receive or how long the new contract will last.
WVU spokesman John Bolt said the university did not release the details of Clements' pending contract "because it's a personnel matter and it's not a final document until HEPC has approved it."
When the WVU Board of Governors hired Clements in 2009, it gave him a two-year contract with a $450,000 annual salary, and allowed for annual percentage increases when other nonclassified staff receive raises.
Clements received nearly $475,675 in 2010, according to the state Auditor's Office.
Often, details of a president's salary and benefits at a public university are made available once the school's board of governors has approved it.
In 2005, WVU Board of Governors members voted to increase former president David Hardesty's salary from $250,008 to $275,000. At the time, they also extended Hardesty's contract until 2010 and asked the WVU Foundation to pay half the salary increase with private funds, according to The Associated Press.
The proposed salary increase became public at that point, before the Higher Education Policy Commission approved it.
Hardesty later decided to retire during the summer of 2007.
Among other examples, West Virginia State University's Board of Governors agreed to increase President Hazo Carter's salary by 3 percent during a meeting in June 2008.
WVU's Board of Governors, however, has taken a different approach in revising Clements' contract. Members of the governing body gave board Chairwoman Carolyn Long the authority to negotiate the contract, Bolt said.
In the minutes from a Feb. 4 Board of Governors meeting, board members permitted Long to "take all necessary steps to negotiate and complete" an agreement on the contract.
The Board of Governors allowed Long to "forward a resolution of the board to the Higher Education Policy Commission, and to prepare, execute and/or transact any other communications and documents [Long] shall deem necessary in order to complete this personnel action."
Before the Board of Governors decided to proceed that way, they discussed Clements' contract in closed session.
Long, a former superintendent of schools in Braxton County and a finalist for the state schools superintendent position earlier this year, did not return a phone message Friday.