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WVU Exploring Purchase of Beckley Campus


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.

WVU Provost Joyce McConnell said in the release the two schools are in the very early stages of the process.

“We have entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possibility of purchasing the Mountain State University campus,” said WVU President Gordon Gee. “This truly is a unique opportunity – and one we feel an obligation to explore – especially as it has the potential to increase West Virginia University’s ability to serve our state.”

Mountain State put the campus up for sale in August to settle litigation brought by some 14,000 MSU students after the school lost its accreditation in 2012.

The University of Charleston is currently using the facilities, but said over the summer the school would not buy the campus and is searching for other options in the Beckley area.