CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite rumors that West Virginia University may close its Institute of Technology in Montgomery, a freshman class will be enrolled next year, school officials said Monday.
The school’s future in Montgomery has been a topic of concern since WVU announced last year it had entered an exclusive agreement to purchase the former Mountain State University in Beckley, which is about 40 miles south of WVU Tech’s campus.
Since then, it has been rumored that closing WVU Tech is a done deal and that students and faculty have been instructed to prepare for a move to the soon-to-be Beckley campus. While university officials have been reluctant to dispel those rumors as they finalize the $8 million purchase of Mountain State facilities in Beckley, they have maintained that WVU Tech’s future is secure for the time being.
“We aren’t doing anything different,” said WVU Tech President Carolyn Long. “We’ll continue to recruit.”
Long also said that rumors her office communicated to students and staff that a move is imminent are “absolutely” not true…