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University of Charleston to Overtake Mountain State University


BECKLEY, WVa -- Mountain State University's accreditation was set to expire at the end of this year. Instead, MSU simply won't exist.

"Mountain State University will cease to operate on December 31st, but the University of Charleston Beckley Campus will pick up right there"

A decision was made by the University of Charleston to add MSU's Beckley and Martinsburg campuses to the university. This falls under UC president Dr. Ed Welch's belief for higher education in West Virginia.

"There needs to be, I believe, a four year private higher education option for students and communities in southern West Virginia, and to be located in Beckley is the logical place for that to happen. When Mountain State encored challenges, we inquired about whether we could be helpful, and this is what has evolved from those conversations."

Welch says current MSU students should not worry about looking for a new college, because UC would gladly accept them.

"Every student in good standing at Mountain State can transfer and will be admitted to the University of Charleston. Every credit hour that they have taken at Mountain State or any other accredited institution will be transferred to the University of Charleston."

Mayor Emmitt Pugh is pleased that an institution with a great reputation is coming to take over for MSU, and says that will be beneficial to the students, employees, faculty, and community.

"What I really like is that number one the students are going to be taken care of. I think that has to be the first priority because that is what they are, an educational institution. But the employees, a lot of the employees, maybe will not be laid off in September the way they were, and plus they're going to be able to pick up their class loads here in Beckley, so I think that's a real great thing for the city."

With the students staying in school, and faculty potentially keeping their jobs, Pugh says this is a great thing for MSU, UC, and the city of Beckley.

"I think its going to be a lot of dividends to the city of Beckley and to Raleigh County and to southern West Virginia. I think this is a win-win for everybody."

The financial details of this transition are not final yet, and will be worked out in the coming weeks. UC will evaluate and make decisions to keep or change MSU's programs and personnel during the fall semester.


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