West Virginia State University president resigns amid controversy

By: | August 2, 2021

Nicole Pride resigned Friday as president of West Virginia State University, three weeks after five members of her senior Cabinet asked the school’s Board of Governors to remove her “to allow for an investigation.”

Board Chairman Chuck Jones read Pride’s resignation letter near the end of a special meeting Friday.  Board members voted unanimously to accept Pride’s resignation.

“I appreciate the support I’ve received from the campus community and board of governors, and the opportunity to serve West Virginia State University,” Pride wrote at the end of her letter, in which she touted the school’s successes under her leadership.

In the letter of “no confidence,” which was obtained from an anonymous source and first reported by the Gazette-Mail, Cabinet members wrote that “[c]ondescending and abusive dialogue are common in exchanges with Dr. Pride,” and “[h]er harassing dialogue and bullying behavior have contributed to a ‘hostile work environment.’ Her executive leadership team has continued to dwindle as a result of a psychologically unsafe and chaotic work environment.”

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