Higher Education

4:40 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

W.Va. Community, Technical College System Chief Leaving

Credit 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.

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Higher Education
4:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

W.Va. Higher Ed Commission Offers Assistance Applying for Aid

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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.

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Higher Education
1:37 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Future of WVU Institute of Technology Being Discussed

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  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
2:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Judges Approve Sale of Mountain State University

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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.

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Higher Education
4:42 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

WVU Medical School Dean Leaving After Nearly Five Years

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  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.

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Higher Education
1:08 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Live Stream: Memorial for Marshall University President Stephen Kopp

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

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Higher Education
1:48 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

WVU Partially Lifting Greek Activity Ban, Pledging Allowed

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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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Higher Education
3:38 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

WVU Extends Offer to Buy Mountain State Campus for $8 Million

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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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Higher Education
8:59 am
Tue December 30, 2014

W.Va. Higher Ed Board Approves Marshall's Interim Leader

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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.

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Higher Education
3:27 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Marshall Names Gary White As Interim President

Gary White was named interim president of Marshall University on Monday.
Credit 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.

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11:06 am
Fri December 26, 2014

W.Va. Higher Education Changes to Help Students

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

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Public Service Scholarship
1:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Announces Endowment in His Final Message From Senate Office

On his last day in office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announces an endowment at the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at WVU.
Credit 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:

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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

WVU Board Delays Mountain State Purchase Decision

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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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Higher Education
11:59 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Adult Education Opportunities Expanding in W.Va.

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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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Fraternity Death
6:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

WVU to Hold Ceremony Remembering Late Student

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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.

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West Virginia Morning
8:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

What is a RESA?, Wheeling Restaurant Focuses on Local Food

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.

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Higher Education
10:30 am
Tue December 2, 2014

WVU-Parkersburg Narrows Presidential Search to Five

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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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Research Award
6:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

WVU Researcher Receives Grant for Crisis Study

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A West Virginia University scholar will be awarded more than $130,000 to study the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis. 

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3:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mountain East Conference Tournament to Stay in Charleston

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A new agreement will keep the Mountain East Conference's annual basketball tournaments in Charleston through 2017.

The agreement between the City of Charleston, the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Charleston Civics Center will keep both the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the capital city for the next three years.

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

WVU Board to Discuss Possible Campus Purchase

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West Virginia University's board has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Morgantown. The possible purchase is the only item on the agenda.

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