Commission to examine college funding, sustainability

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia University will preside over Gov. Jim Justice’s commission that’ll examine college funding and sustainability.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice said Monday that the “Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education” would have three chairs. They will be Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee along with Council of Presidents head and Concord University President Kendra Boggess.
The presidents of Marshall University and WVU have said they opposed the college funding formula that the state Higher Education Policy Commission’s staff has proposed.
The HEPC’s proposed funding formula hasn’t been approved by the HEPC board, lawmakers or the governor.
If the current proposal were fully implemented using this past fiscal year’s $229.4 million total base general revenue state appropriation, the formula would drop funding at WVU and other schools.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.