- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The board of West Virginia University is encouraging administrators to complete the $8.5 million purchase of Mountain State University’s Beckley campus.

Meeting in Morgantown, the governors unanimously approved backing the purchase on Friday, stating the administration should take “all necessary steps” to complete the sale.

In a statement, WVU President E. Gordon Gee called the purchase a “unique opportunity” for the university to introduce academic programs to southern West Virginia.

The Beckley private school’s accreditation was revoked by the Higher Learning Commission in June 2012 because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues.

A three-judge panel has given its approval to the sale.

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