- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University is exploring the purchase of the Mountain State University campus in Beckley.

WVU President Gordon Gee said Thursday that the schools have entered into an exclusive agreement to evaluate the possible purchase.

He says the university feels it is a unique opportunity that it felt an obligation to explore.

Officials say the agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, academic programs, student services, learning opportunities and other areas.

Mountain State University board representative Elmer Coppoolse says the school has a desire to retain a vital higher educational learning opportunity in southern West Virginia.

The Beckley private school’s accreditation was revoked by the state Higher Education Policy Commission in June 2012 because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues.

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