Concluding a year highlighted by a successful legislative session that resulted in increased state funding for WVU , including research dollars for the Bucks for Brains initiative; the initiation of a child care center on campus; and the largest pay raise for faculty and staff in recent history, including full funding of the salary schedule, West Virginia University President Mike Garrison and the Board of Governors agreed today that the president would complete his service at the University Sept. 1.

The Board initially offered Garrison a longer arrangement, but he said he believes this time period is in the best interest of the University community.This is a job that should primarily be about service to the University,Garrison said.

The transition agreement was formally signed today (July 11) by Board Chairwoman Carolyn Long and Garrison.

It takes effect Aug. 1, with Garrison serving as an adviser (and University employee) during August to transition with Interim President C. Peter Magrath, who begins his official duties Aug. 1 and his transitional role in mid-July.

On behalf of the Board, we want to say how much we appreciate President Garrisons service, his administrations many successes this past year and his love for West Virginia University,Long said.We also appreciate that he has agreed to be available to advise and assist with Dr. Magrath and with the Board during the month of August for what we believe will be a very productive and important time of transition.

She added,And while President Garrison was offered an opportunity to serve his alma mater in this capacity for a longer period of time, he has indicated that this is best for the University.

Long noted that Garrisons original employment agreement called for employment through June 30, 2010.

Garrison said,As I indicated in June, I have decided to remain at WVU until Sept. 1 and then will be departing the University. I look forward to spending some increased time with my family and friends as it has been a very busy year.

Until then,he added,I am focused on assisting Dr. Magrath with a successful transition.

As I have said before, I will always stand with this University,he said.

BOG Chairman Emeritus and head of the Transition Committee CurtisHankBarnette said,The committee is extremely pleased that President Garrison will be assisting in this important phase of transition. Any meaningful change in an administration takes careful time and planning.

Garrison, a WVU graduate, former student body president, attorney and public servant, became WVU s 22nd president Sept. 1, 2007. He was elected to the post by the BOG in April 2007. He announced in June plans to complete his presidency.