Bayer CropScience Contributes $600,000 to West Virginia State University

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Nov. 30, 2015
Bayer CropScience Contributes $600,000 to West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Today, West Virginia State University (WVSU) announced the receipt of a $600,000 contribution from Bayer CropScience. The contribution to the WVSU Foundation was announced by WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill, alongside WVSU Foundation leaders.

The contribution will be used for campus security and related enhancements benefitting students, faculty and staff at the University’s Institute campus.

“We often refer to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as ‘the State family’ and we work for what is best for them,” said President Hemphill. “With this contribution, Bayer CropScience is enabling us to further improve our campus for each member of the State family, and I am grateful to the entire Bayer CropScience team for that.”

Among the enhancements the university plans to pursue will be a diesel generator capable of supplying electricity to fully power even the largest facility on campus, an additional University Public Safety Officer whose duties will include the assessment of campus safety needs and improvements, new police cruisers, and a surveillance camera system to help safeguard students, staff, faculty and visitors on campus. 

“The Institute site has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the university through scholarship contributions and numerous engagement opportunities,” said Connie Stewart, who leads the health, safety and environment efforts at the Institute site for Bayer CropScience. “Our contribution today is a continuation of that relationship and a demonstration of our continued commitment to the success of the university and the education of its students.”

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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