In 2012, WVU hired three lobbyists -- one in Washington, D.C., and two at the state Capitol.
"They've been busy," Hendrickson said.
When it comes to choosing university presidents' salaries, Hendrickson said it might not seem like an important issue for the HEPC to oversee, but "it really bothers us." The loss of the HEPC's hand over that particular matter could hurt the relationship between university boards of governors and the HEPC, he said.
"It wasn't an accident that the Legislature has kept the approval of presidents' salaries with the HEPC," Hendrickson said. "In order to keep everyone in the loop and working together, the commission should have final approval over that. It keeps universities engaged with the commission. Otherwise, presidents don't have an incentive to come talk to us and share ideas."
Hendrickson said he also worries about the effect the bill would have on the state's other public universities if the state's two major institutions continue to push away from the HEPC.
The HEPC has "been working very hard to get WVU and Marshall to cooperate and get along with other institutions," Hendrickson said.
"Let's face it, our graduation rates are not very good," he said. "If a kid starts at WVU, and for whatever reason they don't like it, get them into Concord or Glenville. Get them into the system. We should all be working closer together to help our students and help our state. By separating these two schools, it would hamper any efforts.
"We really are the overarching, overseeing folks of higher education," Hendrickson said. "We're the ones that are trying to make sure that we don't have too many programs, that our goals are being met and that tuition is as low as possible, that there is cooperation between institutions.
"Those are the things we do as a policy commission and, hopefully, this bill gets defeated so we can keep doing that."
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