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BSC and Concord to Start Collaboration

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ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University and Bluefield State College announce the two institutions are collaborating to develop strategies in becoming more efficient in areas related to class and inclement weather schedules as well as staff development and professional training.

Administrators from both institutions met this month and formed subcommittees to address opportunities where their leadership can work together for the benefit of southern West Virginia.  Sub-committees will compare how both schools handle inclement weather, legislative initiatives, staff development, academic affairs and their campus in the Beckley region.

"This collaboration with Bluefield State College and Concord University reflects both institutions' commitment to serve the citizens of this great state with the best academic programs," said Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, Concord University president.

"Working together, we can leverage the strengths and unique missions of our institutions to better support our communities and the region," noted Dr. Marsha Krotseng, Bluefield State College president.

Presidents Aloia and Krotseng are leading the effort by co-chairing the Legislative Initiative subcommittee.  Both presidents are examining ways to coordinate efforts in areas that include working with regional legislators, creating seamless transitions into baccalaureate programs for students in the community college system and working to improve the economy in southern West Virginia.

"Both institutions have a rich history of providing high-quality educational opportunities to the citizens of southern West Virginia and the surrounding region.  I applaud this increased level of collaboration and partnership, which will ultimately result in greater service to and impact on the local community and the entire State of West Virginia," said Dr. Paul L. Hill, chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

 A series of subcommittee meetings is being planned to further address the mutual interests and concerns of both institutions.  

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