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President Gee's message on state budget situation

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

As Governor Tomblin and our legislators continue to work in Charleston, we remain hopeful that a resolution will be found by July 1. West Virginia University will continue to meet and work with our partners at the Capitol. We know they are concerned about the future of West Virginia, as well as the future of higher education and the impact it has on our citizens and our state. We believe they will make the critical and necessary decisions to move our state forward.

However, I understand the concerns raised by many should a budget not be in place by July 1. Please know that West Virginia University is working with State leaders on identifying contingency plans and understanding the ramifications to our faculty, staff, and students if a budget is not in place by July 1. While these are uncharted waters, I want to assure you that the University will do everything it can to minimize disruptions so that our faculty, staff and students can continue the important work and programs that we lead on our campuses and around the state.

In addition, we know that many are concerned regarding the PROMISE Scholarship and its availability. I was delighted to see in a recent action that the Governor, the House of Delegates, and the Senate all supported the PROMISE Scholarship in full. We remain confident our State leaders will come to a positive resolution and that the scholarships will be distributed to those who have earned them.

These are challenging times — not only for the Mountain State but for many around the country. My hope is that our leaders will continue to work together to avoid a governmental shutdown and develop a financial model that provides for West Virginia in a positive and forward-thinking manner and leads the state to long-term financial security.

Sincerely,

E. Gordon Gee
President, West Virginia University