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History of Staff Council

Staff Council, modeled after the University of Utah’s, is one of the first in the country. Dr. James Harlow, President, Dr. Harry Heflin, Vice President, and Mr. Sandy Serpento, Director of WVU Personnel, held the first meeting of the WVU Employee Advisory Board on April 21, 1970. The Board rapidly developed its own identity, and the name was changed to WVU Staff Council on September 1, 1970.

Staff Council is an advisory board to the University president and administration. The Council represents classified staff and consists of members from five classified categories: Clerical/Secretarial, Paraprofessional/Technician, Physical Plant/Maintenance/Service and Professional/Non-Teaching. The Council was designed as an avenue by which all classified employees can share in decision-making processes on issues such as job conditions, fringe benefits, employee/employer relations and policies and procedures. Through the Council’s various programs it shows its dedication to the educational needs and endeavors of classified staff and their children. Staff Council is also active in the community through the Committee on Communities. The Council places classified staff on personnel search committees and other University-wide committees that affect staff.

Some of the University/community projects are: Coordinating the Annual Retirement Dinner for WVU; coordinating fund raising for United Way, Food for the Needy, and Children’s Hospital; co-founder and coordinator of the employees’ emergency relief fund known as Hearts and Hands for Homes; coordinator of the Campus Blood Drive for Red Cross, and WVU Employee of the Year.

Staff Council represents over 2800 employees statewide and includes every county in West Virginia. The positions are diversified, ranging from teaching to building services, from top-notch researchers to food service worker.