- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University’s governing board is taking an additional week to decide whether to retain exclusive rights to purchase Mountain State University’s campus in Beckley.

Officials on Monday extended the university’s agreement to explore the purchase until Dec. 29. The agreement had been scheduled to expire at midnight Monday.

During the extension, university officials will continue to review academic possibilities and economic factors associated with acquiring an additional campus.

WVU President Gordon Gee announced last month that the schools had entered into an exclusive agreement to evaluate the possible purchase. Mountain State closed after it lost its accreditations in 2012.

The University of Charleston took over Mountain State’s campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg so students there could complete their degrees.

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