HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The leaders of West Virginia’s two largest universities are pledging to work together to better prepare the Mountain State for future educational challenges.

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee traveled to Huntington on Tuesday for a “meeting of the minds” with Marshall University President Stephen Kopp.

In addition to an exchange of philosophies, the presidents discussed West Virginia’s higher education issues and talked about ways to establish a closer working relationship between their universities.

“I think as we’re looking at the challenges that lie ahead for public higher education, not just here in West Virginia, but across the nation, it’s very important for the two largest public universities in the state to get together and begin to put together plans for the future,” Kopp told MetroNews.

Kopp also took Gee on a tour of the Huntington campus to showcase changes made since Gee’s last visit which came during his first stint as WVU’s president. Both Marshall and WVU are currently making long-term improvements to their campuses with new buildings and technology.

Gee first held the presidential position at WVU from 1981-1985. He returned in January of this year to serve as interim president and is now serving permanently.

Kopp is currently in his ninth year as president of Marshall University.

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    I hope they discuss a plan to swap football coaches and athletic directors might as well include a plan to get rid of one and done Huggins

  • WV Grad

    Perhaps one of these erudite gentlemen will have the foresight to establish a school of architecture in the state of West Virginia.

    • Tom

      Is there a demand (need) for architects in West Virginia? I know it sounds glamorous to have a 'School of Architecture' in West Virginia. But it would probably be terribly expensive to establish one. And I've never heard anyone say we need more architects in West Virginia.

  • Aaron

    Just so long as they stayed below 20th Street and do not talk about football, all is ok.

    Seriously though, the two should lead the conversation to not only improving education at their respective Universities, they should look to lead our other public institutions including our Community Colleges out of the sad state they currently occupy. It is time for a complete overhaul of education in this state that should include secondary education as well. We are too far behind educationally and that is a leading factor in economic instability and income discrepancy.