March 19, 2009WVU, WVU Parkersburg officials making progress on affiliation agreement.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
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West Virginia University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg officials are making progress on an agreement to continue WVU Parkersburg’s affiliation with WVU.
Administrators at both institutions participated in positive discussions this week to develop general guidelines and a memorandum of understanding -- which they hope to finalize over the next couple of weeks -- to continue WVU’s relationship with the Parkersburg campus.
"This agreement will essentially outline how operations will be handled so that WVU and WVU Parkersburg can continue the positive relationship we have enjoyed for some 20 years," said interim President C. Peter Magrath.
“We welcome the opportunity to continue to work cooperatively with WVU as a regional campus affiliate and a higher education center,” noted WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage.
Earlier this month, WVU Parkersburg’s Board of Governors had expressed concern regarding the status of the affiliation, which would take effect July 1, and had asked WVU officials for clarification. A law, enacted last July, established a statewide network of independently-accredited community and technical colleges, including WVU Parkersburg, and removed WVU’s governance responsibility for WVU Parkersburg. The legislation, however, allows WVU and WVU Parkersburg to continue an association and establish an arrangement for providing services to the Parkersburg campus.
WVU Parkersburg became a regional campus of WVU in 1989.