14 Apr


The WVU Tech community gathered today in celebration at the ceremonial signing of the Tech Revitalization Bill – Senate Bill 486. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the local community joined together as Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the ceremonial bill in the Montgomery City Hall.

“This is a great day for Tech – I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate with my fellow Golden Bears!” exclaimed Garrett Goosman, vice president of the WVU Tech Student Government Association.

The Bill recognizes the vital role WVU Tech plays in West Virginia and aims to “honor the institution’s history of excellence and service to the region and the state”. The Revitalization Project calls for an assessment and development of a revitalization plan – much of which is expected to provide affirmation to the University’s ongoing strategic planning efforts.

“The Revitalization Project outlined in the Bill reflects many of the same objectives outlined by the Tech community in our strategic planning,” explained Dr. Guy Vitaglione, WVU Tech strategic planning coordinator and professor and chair of psychology.

More than 100 members of the University came out to celebrate with the local Montgomery community at this afternoon’s event. “We are pleased to have this opportunity for the entire University community to come together in recognition of this momentous occasion,” explained Dr. Paul Rakes, WVU Tech Faculty Assembly chair.

Provost Scott Hurst stated, “We’re thankful for the support of our Governor, Chancellor Noland, our Legislators, WVU colleagues, and all of the members of the Tech community. We look forward to the funding of this Bill as we continue to work towards our 2015 Vision for Tech.”

View photos of the event on the University’s Flickr account.

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