2:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015 UPDATE:
After a meeting at the Mountainlair in Morgantown on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the WVU Board of Governors has unanimously voted to move the West Virginia University Institute of Technology from its current location in Montgomery, WV to the old MSU campus in Beckley, WV.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the closing of this historic educational institution in Montgomery. However, after talking to President Gee, I am optimistic that proper replacement options for the current students of WVU Tech will be made available quickly and that viable opportunities will be available for the city of Montgomery. We have a responsibility to make sure every student who is willing to work had has the resources to achieve they educational goals, and no stone will be left unturned in searching for a solution.”
3:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015 UPDATE:
West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is proposing shuttering of the WVU Institute of Technology campus in Montgomery in two years and moving the school to Beckley.
Media reports say Gee will make the recommendation Tuesday to WVU’s Board of Governors. Gee reportedly met Monday with WVU Tech faculty and staff and outlined the proposal. A spokeswoman said the meeting was closed and WVU Tech would have no further comment.
Fayette County Commissioner Matt Wender said the move will be a blow for Montgomery. Gee will outline the plan at a special meeting of the governing board in Morgantown.
ORIGINAL STORY: A meeting has been scheduled to discuss the future of West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery and WVU’s new satellite campus in Beckley. The West Virginia University Board of Governors will hold the special meeting Tuesday in Morgantown. It will be held in at the Mountainlair student union.
A notice on the meeting sent Friday says a decision on WVU’s two southern campuses is possible. The two campuses are approximately 40 miles apart, with 1,200 students attending WVU Tech.
WVU completed its $8 million purchase of the former Mountain State University campus in Beckley in June. At the time, WVU said it hoped to offer classes there by fall 2016. Carolyn Long is both the campus president of WVU Tech and the leader of the WVU Beckley campus.