Higher Education Board Finds No Discrimination at Bluefield State

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BLUEFIELD, W.VA.

Decisions made by Bluefield State College President Robert Moore and his staff relating to a discrimination complaint were not racially motivated, the state Higher Education Interim Governing Board said late last month.

"After a thorough review of the allegations the board has found no evidence to support any claims that decisions made or actions taken by President Moore or anyone acting at his behest were or are racially motivated," the board said in a statement issued after an executive session that lasted nearly two and a half hours.

"The board fully supports President Moore and has every confidence he will continue to discharge the responsibilities of his office in a manner consistent with the best interests of Bluefield State and the citizens of West Virginia," the statement said.

To emphasize its confidence in him, the board renewed Moore's appointment as president.

"It's good news," Moore said after the announcement. " I thought from the beginning that the allegations had no basis and the board has agreed. I'm pleased with the decision."

In January, the board sent two consultants -- a vice president of West Virginia University and a Marshall University lawyer - to the college campus to investigate a discrimination complaint filed with the board in October. Cathy Armstrong, chairwoman of the interim governing board, has refused to discuss the complaint because it is considered a personnel matter. …