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Board of Visitors Bill Passes Senate

By Jessica Wetzler First Published in the Daily News-Record on January 30, 2019 and updated January 31, 2019

A bill making its way through the General Assembly would have prevented Bill Bolling from getting the job he took with James Madison University in the fall.

The Senate unanimously passed legislation this week prohibiting a member of the board of visitors of public colleges and universities from being employed by the same institution within two years after their board appointment ends.

Bolling, a former Republican state senator and two-term lieutenant governor, started a three-year stint as a senior fellow in residence for public service at JMU on Oct. 1, earning an annual salary of $140,000 and other perks.

An investigation by the Richmond Times-Dispatch revealed how Bolling, while still on the JMU board of visitors, began seeking employment with JMU President Jonathan Alger last summer.

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