Shepherd move gets mixed OK
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
WHEELING, W.Va. - Shepherd College received permission from a state board Tuesday to move its community and technical college to Martinsburg, W.Va., but with $150,000 less than the college had requested, leaving college officials wondering what to do next.
"The good news is we have permission to move forward, but, and this is not literally true, with only half a loaf," said Shepherd College President David Dunlop. "It does leave us in a little bit of a quandary. We'll need to mull it over and decide what to do."
The Higher Education Policy Commission told college officials they could move to the abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Center downtown. And commissioners gave the college permission to request money from the Legislature and governor the first year. After that, they can't ask for more, said Dunlop.
In the resolution approving the move, the commission urged the college to find other sources of money, such as increased tuition and private donations. The college hoped to use $450,000 from the governor and the Legislative Budget Digest the first two years of the five-year phase-in to transfer operations. The commission said they could ask for $300,000. The five-year cost is about $3.1 million.