West Virginia University is an educational institution that offers undergraduate, graduate, and research programs in the fields of business, social sciences, science, law, and medicine. The schools of the university include College Of Business And Economics, College Of Creative Arts, College Of Engineering And Mineral Resources, College Of Law, and School Of Medicine. West Virginia University was founded in 1867 and is based in Morgantown, West Virginia. The university has endowment assets of $354.6 million.
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Founded in 1867
West Virginia University Names William I. Brustein, Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs Effective August 31, 2016
Jul 12 16
William I. Brustein, has been named vice president for global strategies and international affairs effective August 31, 2016. In this new role, he will report directly to Provost Joyce McConnell, leading the University's existing internationally focused units in building a comprehensive global strategy for West Virginia University.
A Lawsuit Files Against Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University
Jun 17 16
A doctor specializing in women's medicine alleges she was forced to shut down her medical practice at Charleston Area Medical Center (CANC) last year 2015 because of harassment and discrimination she received from another doctor there. Dr. Leila E. Sakhai claims in a lawsuit filed on June 16, 2016 against CAMC and West Virginia University (WVU) that Dr. Byron Calhoun, a physician at WVU's Charleston Division, refused to treat her special-needs patients, even though he was one of only two doctors in the region certified in maternal fetal medicine. Because Calhoun allegedly refused to see Sakhai's referrals - sometimes because they had chosen to have an abortion - Sakhai says she was unable to offer a full-service OB/GYN practice in the Teays Valley/Charleston area and was forced to close. Calhoun, who has been criticized for his anti-abortion efforts, isn't being sued. Sakhai alleges that "CAMC and WVU tolerated and condoned all the discriminatory practices of Dr. Calhoun." Her lawsuit does not name Calhoun as an individual defendant. Calhoun is the co-chairman of the medical advisory council for the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, an anti-abortion group. Sakhai's lawsuit, filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, claims Calhoun also refused to treat Sakhai's patients because of bias against her, and that he mocked her because she is Iranian and a woman. The alleged treatment began while Calhoun served as Sakhai's supervisor during her residency at CAMC, according to the lawsuit. CAMC and WVU partner to allow doctoral residents at the school to work at the hospital under the supervision of professors. During her residency, Sakhai claims, Calhoun repeatedly singled her out and mocked her race and gender. Specifically, the lawsuit states, Calhoun would mispronounce Sakhai's name in front of other students and hospital staff and ask "what name she was going by in a given week." Calhoun also allegedly prohibited her from performing obstetric procedures during her residency, instead giving those opportunities to male students; and he taught in an alleged unprofessional manner that Sakhai says was discriminatory and humiliating based on her gender and national origin. Upon completion of her residency, when Sakhai opened her own medical practice with CAMC in Teays Valley, Calhoun became her only available maternal fetal medicine specialist in the area, according to the lawsuit. If Calhoun wouldn't see her patients, she said, she would have to send them to Huntington or Morgantown, which wasn't feasible for patients with special needs. "Despite her best efforts in marketing her business, her practice in the area did not succeed as a result of the refusal of Dr. Calhoun to treat plaintiff's patients. Plaintiff had to close her practice at the end of May 2015, the lawsuit states. Calhoun also allegedly refused to see her patients based on their insurance status and "whether or not these patients had previously sought legal elective abortion, the complaint states. Calhoun has been criticized over his many anti-abortion advocacy efforts. He is the national medical adviser for the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, which trains and provides legal counsel to "life-affirming pregnancy resources centers," according to the group's website. He also is vice chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WVU Hospitals Charleston Division. As part of a 2013 lawsuit filed by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia on behalf of Itai Gravely, Calhoun asserted he had found the head of a 13-week-old fetus inside Gravely's uterus after treating her for post-abortion complications. Despite this, Calhoun did not contact Gravely about his alleged discovery until a year after treating her, and a follow-up procedure at CAMC found no fetal remains. Calhoun also encouraged Gravely to contact an attorney with the West Virginia Family Policy Council, a conservative and anti-abortion group. In her dismissal, Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit concluded that Gravely didn't tell health care providers at the clinic she was addicted to heroin, "which may have caused later complications when pain-relieving measures were employed during the procedure. Also in 2013, Calhoun wrote a letter outlining his concerns about West Virginia's abortion clinics to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, claiming he saw patients "weekly with complications from abortions. Statistics from CAMC's Women and Children's Hospital indicated that, in 2012, the hospital saw only five women with legally induced abortions in its emergency department and just two who actually had complications - data within range or lower than statistics reported on the national level. Sakhai, who now works at a medical practice in Florida, is being represented by Charleston lawyers Elizabeth G. Kavitz and P. Rodney Jackson.
The Teamsters Union to File Lawsuit Against West Virginia University Alleging Violations of the Freedom of Information Act
Feb 3 16
The Teamsters Union announced that it will file a lawsuit against West Virginia University alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act Statute. Teamsters are requesting the release of emails and other information concerning the economic impact of so-called right to work in West Virginia. The Teamsters question the motivations behind a study commissioned by members of the state Legislature who support RTW legislation. The pro-RTW study written by Prof. John Deskins of WVU was conducted at the request of Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead, lead proponents of the legislation. Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and President of Teamsters Local 175 in South Charleston, W.Va.,called on WVU to release the full text of the email correspondence between the hand-picked author Deskins and the Legislature.