Higher Education

50 years ago this month, in March of 1965, armed policemen attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The incident became known as Bloody Sunday. 17 marchers were hospitalized and 50 more were treated for injuries.

An African American artist, Jacob Lawrence, depicted a scene on the bridge. That work of art is among the pieces being gifted to West Virginia University’s new art museum in Morgantown.


WLU biology professor, Dr. Zach Loughman, is shown accepting his award in Charleston.
West Liberty University

    

A West Liberty University researcher has been named the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's Professor of the Year.


The West Liberty University faculty senate has voted no confidence in President Robin Capehart, who is facing an ethics complaint.
 
The vote Monday was 13-6, according to media reports.
 
The vote follows a complaint in January by the West Virginia Ethics Commission alleging Capehart used university resources to promote his film company's movie "Doughboy."
 

James L. Skidmore
Community and Technical College System of West Virginia

  The chancellor of West Virginia's community and technical college system is leaving after 11 years on the job.

Chancellor James L. Skidmore announced Thursday he will leave his post on June 30. He was the first chancellor of the system.

Since his start in 2004, Skidmore said he worked to secure a 35 percent increase in community and technical college budgets. He also sought improvements to infrastructure and the creation of two advanced technology centers.

A search committee will be formed to find a successor.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced this week that it will be offering free assistance to students and families looking to apply for financial assistance in pursuit of a college degree.

WVU Tech

  West Virginia University's purchase of the Mountain State University campus in Beckley has cast a shadow on WVU's Institute of Technology in Montgomery.

The two campuses are approximately 40 miles apart, with 1,200 students attending WVU Tech.

A 2011 state audit found major financial and enrollment problems as well as infrastructure and student life issues at WVU Tech. The latter included a lack of student access to wireless Internet on campus.

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Mountain State University's sale of campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg has been approved by a three-judge panel.

The school's Beckley campus has been sold to West Virginia University for $8 million, while its Martinsburg campus is going to a Virginia limited liability company called Viking Way Holdings, according to media reports.

Judges on a mass litigation panel approved the sales on Friday, pending a 30-day appeal period. They postponed a ruling on a larger settlement that would distribute $8.5 million of those sales to as many as 14,000 MSU students.

Dr. Arthur J. Ross
West Virginia Univeristy

  The dean is resigning at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

WVU President Gordon Gee announced Tuesday that Dr. Arthur J. Ross informed him of his decision to leave at the end of June. Gee did not cite a reason for Ross' resignation.

Ross has been in Morgantown for nearly five years. A pediatric surgeon, he came to WVU after serving as dean of Chicago Medical School and as vice president for medical affairs at Rosalind Franklin University.

Marshall University

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Marshall University will hold a memorial for President Stephen Kopp, who died suddenly on December 18. 

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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  West Virginia University is partially lifting a ban on Greek activity.

Effective Monday, Dean of Students Corey Farris tells the Charleston Daily Mail that fraternities and sororities can restart pledging and initiation procedures.

A moratorium on social events will remain in effect. Students are developing a course of action to address hazing and other issues regarding the Greek organizations.

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West Virginia University is planning to buy Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

WVU President Gordon Gee said Wednesday that the school has extended an $8 million offer to purchase the campus and that Mountain State University has indicated it intends to accept the offer.

The Beckley private school's accreditation was revoked by the state Higher Education Policy Commission in June 2012 because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues.

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved the appointment of one of its members as Marshall University's interim president.

The commission unanimously approved Gary White's appointment on Tuesday during an emergency meeting.

Marshall's board named White as its interim president on Monday following the death of president Stephen Kopp.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Comission

  Marshall University has named Gary White as its interim president following the sudden death of university president Stephen Kopp.

The Huntington school's board of governors selected White at an emergency meeting on Monday to lead the university while its board conducts a search for a new president. His tenure begins Thursday.

Kopp died suddenly after being hospitalized for an illness on Dec. 17. He was 63.

West Virginia higher education leaders are finalizing policy changes to help students more easily transfer college credits and earn degrees.

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

In his final message from his United States Senate office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Friday that he will endow a scholarship to the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University, the location of his Senatorial Archives.

The following is the Senator's announcement:

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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  West Virginia University's board will take two more weeks to decide whether to retain exclusive rights to purchase Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The board delayed its decision until Dec. 22 at a meeting Friday in Morgantown. The university says the board will continue its analysis of academic possibilities and economic factors associated with the deal.

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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is set to expand adult education opportunities across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Network says it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

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West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony in honor of a student who died last month at a school fraternity.

Eighteen-year-old freshman Nolan Burch died on Nov. 14. He was from Williamsville, New York, a Buffalo suburb.

The state Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration focused in on the services provided by RESAs, or Regional Education Service Agencies. RESAs are regional offices that provide services to county schools like professional development or technology support. 

The commission voted yesterday to recommend the board define the services provided at the RESAs, put a performance metric system in place and take away their ability to offer community service courses for extra income to instead focus on student achievement.

WVUP
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  West Virginia University at Parkersburg's board has scheduled interviews with five finalists for the president's job.

The candidates will visit the campus this week and next week. They are Paul Schreffler of Mill Creek; Harold Nolte of Brenham, Texas; Alan Roberts of Fort Pierce, Florida; James Conneely of Richmond, Kentucky.; and Fletcher Lamkin of Lane Osage Beach, Missouri.

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