§5B-2C-2. West Virginia academy of science and technology; composition; creation of council, appointment and terms; expenses; selection of chairperson; quorum; meetings


Published: 2015

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WVC 5 B- 2 C- 2

§5B-2C-2. West Virginia academy of science and technology;

composition; creation of council, appointment and

terms; expenses; selection of chairperson; quorum;

meetings.

(a) There is hereby created, within the West Virginia

development office, a West Virginia academy of science and

technology. The academy consists of a standing council of nine

members and such ad hoc working groups as may be necessary to

review a particular field of study. A working group may include

both members of the council and also such individuals having

expertise within their profession or discipline who can be

appointed fellows of the academy.

(b) Members of the academy council shall be selected for their

demonstrated ability in innovative thinking, management skills,

broad technical knowledge and a record of working to improve the

science and technology base of the state. The objective of the

process of selection shall be to create a council that, in its

composition, represents a broad cross-section of those involved

throughout the state's science and technology enterprises. Members

of the council shall be selected and appointed as follows:

(1) The governor shall appoint to the council, with the advice

and consent of the Senate, three members experienced with, or

serving in, federal agencies that promote and utilize research,

development and commercialization, from a list of six persons

recommended by a nominating committee. The nominating committee will be organized and lead by a representative from the national

energy technology laboratory and may consist of representatives of

United States government agencies, including, but not limited to,

the federal departments of energy, transportation, agriculture,

defense and homeland security, the national science foundation and

the national aeronautics and space administration;

(2) The governor shall appoint to the council, with the advice

and consent of the Senate, three members with experience and

expertise in private enterprise, research and development and

commercialization from a list of six persons recommended by a

nominating committee. The nominating committee will be organized

and lead by a representative from

the council for community and

economic development and may consist of representatives from labor

and industry, including, but not limited to, the economic

development authority, the infrastructure council, the West

Virginia high technology consortium and the West Virginia American

federation of labor - congress of industrial organizations; and

(3) The governor shall appoint to the council, with the advice

and consent of the Senate, three members with experience and

expertise in stimulating competitive research and development from

a list of six persons recommended by a nominating committee. The

nominating committee shall be organized and lead by a

representative of the higher education policy commission and may

consist of representatives from the state institutions of higher

education.

(c) The terms of the council members taking office on or after

the effective date of this legislation shall expire as designated

by the governor at the time of their appointment, with one term in

each of the three categories in subsection (b) of this section

expiring at the end of the second year, one term in each category

expiring at the end of the fourth year and one term in each

category expiring at the end of the sixth year. As the original

appointments expire, each subsequent appointment will be for a full

six-year term. Any member whose term has expired may serve until

a successor has been duly appointed and qualified. For any vacancy

in the office of a member occurring prior to the expiration of that

term, the vacancy may be filled by the governor from a list of

three qualified persons recommended by the remaining members of the

council. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for

only the unexpired term unless reappointed by the governor for an

additional term. Any member may be appointed to successive terms

not to exceed two full terms.

(d) Members of the council are not entitled to compensation

for service on the council but may be reimbursed by the West

Virginia development office for all reasonable and necessary

expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties in a

manner consistent with guidelines of the travel management office

of the department of administration or its successor.

(e) The governor will select and appoint a member of the

council to serve as chairperson for a term of two years to run concurrently with the term of office of the member designated as

chair.

(f) A majority of members constitutes a quorum for the purpose

of conducting business.

(g) The council shall meet at least once each quarter of the

year and shall conduct all meetings in accordance with the open

governmental meetings proceedings act pursuant to article nine-a,

chapter six of this code.





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