Marshall University President Stephen Kopp and West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee say the schools plan to work together to improve public higher education in the state.
Both presidents say their universities can create opportunities to keep students in West Virginia after they graduate.
Kopp says he expects the two schools to work closely together on initiatives during the Legislature's 2015 session.
Gee and Kopp announced their partnership Tuesday during Gee's visit to Marshall's campus in Huntington. Gee is touring all 55 counties.