BY MIKE NOLTING
State lawmakers are reacting following the ‘no confidence’ vote by the West Virginia College College Meeting.
The meeting voted 797 to 100 Wednesday afternoon in favor of the decision. It now goes to the WVU Board of Governors for consideration. The BOG issued a press release after the vote that stated Gee nonetheless has its full help.
Gee has the help of each Gov. Jim Justice and state Senate President Craig Blair.
“Let me simply let you know this: I do have loads of confidence in Gordon Gee, and I’ve bought absolute confidence in our Board of Governors and college, and we’ll get it proper,” Justice stated throughout his Wednesday media briefing.
Justice appoints the vast majority of the members to the Board of Governors.
Blair additionally voiced his help for Gee throughout a Thursday look on MetroNews “Talkline,” going a step additional in crediting Gee with avoiding a good better monetary calamity and even failure. Blair stated the Educational Transformation will assist WVU within the new funding system, which rewards greater training establishments for creating applications that can present workforce-ready graduates.
“He’s doing a service for WVU proper now as a result of if you happen to wouldn’t do that and kick the can down the street, you might find yourself with one other Alderson-Broaddus state of affairs or one thing like that,” Blair stated. “He’s being proactive, not reactive, and taking good care of enterprise for the scholars and the individuals of West Virginia.”
Alderson-Broaddus College, a non-public faculty in Philippi, closed its doorways and filed for chapter final month.
Blair likened the present state of affairs at WVU to the finances crunch of 2018 when lawmakers debated tax will increase and finances cuts to bridge a serious finances hole. After a radical evaluate, that finances included no tax will increase, $85 million much less spending than the yr earlier than, and resulted in a surplus the following yr.
“Gordon Gee and the BOG up there are doing simply that — they’re reevaluating like we did again in 2018 after we had a $450 million shortfall,” Blair stated. “Now, look how we turned it round.”
Blair stated Gee helped win $50 million in state funding for care and analysis on the WVU Most cancers Heart, which finally turned the 73rd most cancers heart designated by the Nationwide Most cancers Institute in the US.
“I do imagine Gordon Gee has been a fantastic president and a fantastic man for the state of West Virginia, and I imagine wholeheartedly he desires to do extra goodness for us,” Justice stated.
The job market has modified within the final 5 years and continues to evolve. In as we speak’s job market, many high-demand jobs solely require a two-year diploma and a certification, one thing not provided at WVU at present. Blair stated the college can higher place itself on this job panorama by scrapping applications that create 1000’s in scholar mortgage debt for levels that create jobs with incomes households can dwell on.
“The world is altering round us, and we should adapt; a two-year diploma with a certification can really generate extra income,” Blair stated. “You’ve bought to pay the coed down; that’s vital, and you need to have a job to try this afterwards.”