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Blue Ridge tuition to go up to correct error

May 08, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Full-time students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg will pay $12 more for tuition next year, and the school's president will be paid $6,558 more in salary.

The tuition increase was the smallest adjustment among requests that were given final approval Friday by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, according to Chancellor James L. Skidmore's office.

For state residents, tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year at Blue Ridge CTC will be $3,072, ranking third highest among 10 colleges under the state council's oversight.

Blue Ridge CTC president Peter Checkovich told the college's governing board this week the tuition increase essentially was to correct a mathematical rounding error that amounted to an additional 50 cents per credit.

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The 5 percent pay increase for Checkovich that was recommended by Blue Ridge CTC's governing board will take effect July 1.

With the salary increase, Checkovich will be paid $137,724, ranked fifth among the college leaders, according to information released Friday by the state governing council's staff.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg's president, Marie Foster Gnage, is the highest-paid college leader in the community and technical college system, earning $148,460. Joanne Jaeger Tomblin's $147,165 salary as president of Southern West Virginia CTC ranks second, followed by Ted D. Spring of New River CTC ($138,235) and Marshall CTC's Keith Cotroneo ($138,020).

Following Checkovich in salary are leaders of West Virginia Northern Community College ($136,378), Pierpont CTC ($132,648), CTC at WVU Tech ($128,000), West Virginia State CTC ($123,000) and Eastern West Virginia CTC ($107,000).

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