SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — During a speech in April, Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley spoke of a goal to establish four-year degree programs in education, business administration and nursing for part-time, nontraditional students in Martinsburg, W.Va., by the fall of 2013.
Now, because of misfortunes befalling Mountain State University, Shepherd could open a Martinsburg satellite campus as early as January.
Shepherd officials are taking a hard look at buying or leasing Mountain State University’s classroom and administrative facility in the converted former Tanger Outlet mall building at 214 Viking Way, Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said this week.
Mountain State’s future has been in doubt since the Higher Learning Commission announced in July that it is pulling the Beckley, W.Va.-based private school’s accreditation for failure to meet the HLC’s criteria for leadership, resources, planning and oversight. The university filed an appeal.
Mountain State also has satellite campuses in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.