CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Higher Education Policy Commission has given its approval to a new five-year contract for West Virginia State University President Ericke Cage.

Ericke Cage

The HEPC met briefly over the phone Tuesday and approved the contract with no discussion.

The West Virginia State University Board of Governors approved the contract at its June 21 meeting. State code requires the HEPC to sign-off on presidential contracts for four-year universities before they are final.

Cage will be paid a base salary of $260,000 a year for the five-year contract. He can also receive up to $23,200 a year from the WVSU Foundation. In addition, Cage can earn up to $40,000 a year from the Foundation if certain incentives are met including incentives for enrollment, retention, fund raising and meeting some of the requirements to receive an approval exemption from the HEPC.

State Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker said Tuesday Cage has done a good job.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker

“President Cage has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication at West Virginia State University, fostering an environment of growth and academic excellence,” Tucker said in a statement forwarded to MetroNews. “Under his leadership, the university has seen significant advancements in both educational quality and community engagement, solidifying its position as a leading institution in the region and the state.”

Cage has been president at WVSU for two years. He told MetroNews after the June 21 vote that he was excited for the opportunity to continue “to advance the great work we have done to move West Virginia State forward.”

Cage said again Tuesday there’s more work to do.

“I am humbled to receive this vote of confidence from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia State University Board of Governors, and the West Virginia State University community,” Cage said. “We have made great strides as an institution during my time in office and I am looking forward to continuing to build on that momentum over the next five years.”

Cage is a native of Halifax County, Virginia and the 13th president at WVSU. He was previously serving as WVSU’s chief operating officer and managing the day-to-day operations of the university for then president Nicole Pride. Pride resigned July 30, 2021. Cage received the permanent appointment in March 2022.

Specific details of the five-year contract have yet to be released.

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