Last December, the American Studies Association, which describes itself as the oldest American history and cultural organization in the nation, voted to boycott Israeli academic and other institutions. This sparked protest from over 100 colleges and universities against its action.
West Virginia University interim president Gordon Gee, formerly of Ohio State and other schools, condemned the ASA's action. In a press release today, Gee reminded the ASA that "lively and varied discussions often lead to innovation, discoveries, and leadership." He then said "we strongly oppose the boycott" and urged all institutions of higher learning "to remain places where divergent ideas are encouraged and exchanged freely."
WVU joins colleges such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and others condemning the boycott. Four universities withdrew from the association altogether.