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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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  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.

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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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  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.

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

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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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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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The Concord University Football program ended the regular season undefeated, giving them a home field advantage for their first playoff game.

The Mountain Lions earned that spot after winning the Mountain East Conference title, when they ousted Shepherd University. This is Concord’s second playoff berth in four years. Concord will play the winner of the game between West Chester University and Slippery Rock University. Both of those teams will travel to West Virginia from Pennsylvania.

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An 18-year-old student at the center of an investigation into the conduct at fraternities and sororities at WVU has died.

Late Wednesday night, police were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. They found someone performing CPR on Michael Nolan Burch. Preston said Burch had no pulse and wasn't breathing. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he died today.  

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Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013.

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Some 2,000 boxes of documents, 500 gigabytes of data and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia now have a new home at West Virginia University after President E. Gordon Gee and Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Saturday the university's library will serve as Rockefeller's official Senatorial archive.

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West Virginia University announced Thursday it is exploring the purchase of the former Mountain State University Beckley campus.The University announced a due diligence agreement in a press release. The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, and academic programs among many other areas at Mountain State to determine if it meets their academic and fiscal expectations.

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  Three West Virginia University students were expelled from campus Thursday for various acts of misconduct following Saturday's WVU-Baylor football game. 

Other students may also face University sanctions as various law enforcement agencies complete their investigations and reports and provide that information to the University. These cases are independent of any state or local criminal penalties and fines the students may face.

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  A higher education official says more West Virginia high school seniors are qualifying for the state's PROMISE scholarship.

Higher Education Policy Commission financial aid senior director Brian Weingart also says the college graduation rate of PROMISE recipients is higher than the general student body's rate.

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The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has announced more than 4,500 degrees were awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of certificate degrees awarded in the state more than doubled from 539 to 1,476.

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