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Gee gives ninth State of the University address

Created on:   Tue, Feb 27, 2018   4:07 PM

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MORGANTOWN — In his ninth State of the University address Feb. 27, WVU President Gordon Gee discussed the university’s reputation and a $1.2 billion private fundrasing campaign, among other topics.

Speaking at the Erickson Alumni Center, Gee said earning a college education has never been more important.

He said since the “great recession” began in 2007, employment advantage for college graduates has grown, and the trend will continue as the country shifts from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.

WVU’s overall reputation is growing, Gee said, as shown by its rank among the top 1.5 percent of universities worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

Gee said WVU continues its transformation while it reinvents fraternity and sorority life on campus and can make WVU a national example of how to incorporate Greek Life into creating positive change through education.

“We are not waiting for the next tragedy or headline-grabbing incident to prompt our action,” Gee said. “Instead we have placed an immediate moratorium on all social and recruiting activities of the 16 social and social-professional fraternities comprising the Interfraternity Council, enacting a plan to review and strengthen oversight.”

The largest private fundraising campaign in WVU history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the university.

Alumni and friends of WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign which ended Dec. 31, Gee said. That amount is more than $200 million over the campaign’s $1 billion goal.