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West Virginia State University has an opportunity to re-imagine higher learning. Since our early beginnings, this University has helped people find their passions, pursue their dreams and attain successful careers built upon the knowledge gained at State.  While we remain steadfast to our tradition of excellence through education, the financial times of the world we live in today presents challenges. That is why on November 1, 2013 I called together a gathering of WVSU students, faculty and staff for a Budget Efficiency Summit.
During the Summit, the Budget Office Director for the State of West Virginia shared with us the State’s five-year fiscal outlook and we took an in-depth look at the University’s fiscal health. Although, as a University, we have improved our fiscal health and are more stable due to approaches in efficiency and reduction in personnel, we must do more. Nationally, the level of state funding for higher education continues to decline and will not return. At the Summit, students, faculty and staff spent much of the day discussing how to improve efficiency, reduce spending and enhance the sustainability of the University while remaining true to our purpose: to provide a quality, affordable education.  During the Summit, I encouraged participants to seize this opportunity and said, “West Virginia State University must evolve and be on the cutting edge in this state.”  I am thankful the participants took this charge to heart and developed recommendations we are now poised to implement. I will be working with the appropriate vice presidents and deans to execute these recommendations.
Please review the 2013 Budget Efficiency Summit recommendations and join us as we re-imagine WVSU as a more fiscally responsible, student-centered, research and teaching land grant institution. 


President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.
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