March 27, 2009WVU, WVU Parkersburg working toward completion of memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg are continuing positive discussions regarding a memorandum of understanding outlining the future relationship between the two institutions.
At an emergency meeting of the college's Board of Governors Thursday (March 26), WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage told the board that discussions were going well and the intent is to "align the college as much as possible within the law" with WVU. Parkersburg executive staff talked with WVU officials earlier in the day as part of on-going discussions to develop the memorandum.
The board went into executive session to discuss related HB 3215 agreements. Last year HB 3215 established a network of independently-accredited state community and technical colleges, including WVU Parkersburg, and removed WVU’s governance responsibility for WVU Parkersburg. The legislation allows WVU and WVU Parkersburg to continue an association.
Following the executive session, Board of Governors Chair Joe Campbell said the board is pleased that the discussions with WVU are progressing so well. He noted that the board would likely have another meeting prior to its regularly-scheduled June meeting.
In other matters, Campbell welcomed Matthew Santer, professor of psychology, to the board as the faculty representative. Santer is filling the unexpired term of Gregg Busch who is resigning from the college to accept another position in Ohio.