An excerpt my memoir Morgantown to San Francisco:
As Foreign Student Advisor, I was on the Student Affairs Staff. It was announced at one of our staff meetings that the speaking engagement of Timothy Leary, LSD guru, was cancelled. Miss Boyd explained it was because the university got its funding from the state legislature and they would likely cut that funding if the controversial Leary was not cancelled.
I naively thought that Universities were places where controversial issues could be debated. It was a lesson in who pulls the strings.
I have since learned that the boards that control West Virginia colleges and universities include owners and executives of large corporations. The presidents and officers of West Virginia higher education institutions are often on the boards of directors of large corporations.
The most recent example, reported in the March 16, 2018, edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, was the appointment of, Joyce McConnell, WVU provost and vice-president of academic affairs, to the board of directors of Antero Resources, a natural gas company. Amazingly, McConnell also “serves as the chair of the West Virginia Nature Conservancy.”
Another eye-opener is that the West Virginia Nature Conservancy website lists Antero Resources Corporation, Dominion Energy Services, Inc. and Southwestern Energy, as the three members of the Founders’ Circle, reserved for donors of $25,000. Makes me wonder what side the Nature Conservancy is on.
 Charleston Gazette-Mail, March 16, 2018