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WVU Board of Governors member evicted over drug allegations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A member of the West Virginia University Board of Governors was evicted from a condominium in Florida last year over allegations of cocaine use, court records show.

Dr. Thomas S. Clark, 71, was kicked out of his unit in upscale Riviera Beach, Fla., after police went to his apartment in March 2012 and were told Clark had a crack cocaine problem, according to eviction proceedings on file in Palm Beach County Court.

"I have nothing to say," Clark said when asked about the allegations.

West Virginia University spokesman John Bolt said that the university would not comment on the allegations.

"We're not going to have any comment on Dr. Clark's personal situation," Bolt said last month. "His term is currently set to expire on June 30, and I don't believe he is eligible for re-appointment."

No criminal charges appear to have been filed against Clark following the incident, according to a search of Palm Beach County court records.

Riviera Beach police first went to Clark's North Ocean Drive condominium March 6, 2012, to investigate a report that Clark's credit card had been stolen, according to an incident report on file with the Riviera Beach Police Department. When they got there, Clark told the investigating officer that he had his credit card and knew one of the people who had allegedly stolen it, according to the incident report.

According to the report, Clark told investigators he did not need police help. However, a woman who had been staying with Clark in the condominium told police that "Clark has a severe addiction to crack cocaine," the police report says. "Clark calls someone to deliver the drugs to him," the roommate told police.

The condominium owner began proceedings to have Clark evicted from the unit following the police visit, according to Palm Beach County court records.

"On or about March 6, 2012, local police investigating a stolen credit card discovered the defendant [Clark] in the leased unit under the influence of cocaine with cocaine openly being used and the presence of prostitutes and known drug offenders," the complaint against Clark alleges. The complaint also repeats the statements by Clark's roommate that Clark was allegedly addicted to crack cocaine.

A copy of the police incident report was attached to the eviction complaint. However, the incident report makes no mention of Clark being under the influence of drugs, or of drugs being seen in the condominium.

Clark is a former member of the West Virginia Board of Medicine, retired vice president of corporate medical affairs for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Bruceton Mills and a member of the Board of Governors for WVU. His current term expires this year.

A copy of Clark's lease agreement for the North Ocean Drive condominium lists the name of his wife, Jean, her Bruceton Mills telephone number, and a West Virginia cellphone number at which Dr. Clark was reached. Jean Clark said her husband was living in Florida when contacted by a reporter.

The state Board of Medicine tried to revoke Clark's medical license in 1994, over allegations that included Clark failing to disclose that he was being treated for abusing painkillers and failing to keep records for a patient he was injecting with painkillers. That revocation was later overturned and changed to a six-month suspension and 200 hours of community service following a court battle that ended up at the state Supreme Court.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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