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A note from the Interim Campus President

Members of the WVU Tech Community:

We continue to experience enrollment growth in Beckley, and I am proud that WVU Tech is the institution of choice for more and more students each year. While overwhelmingly positive, our growth, unfortunately, has had the unintended consequence of creating a strain on parking at the center of campus during peak times of the day.

I hear your concerns, and we are working to find ways to improve the situation. While long-term parking solutions are going to require more study and resources, I want to share with you some short-term measures that I believe can begin to ease parking issues on campus.

First, we soon will begin to address the need for more parking at the center of campus by developing some additional permit parking off of Minnesota Avenue, adjacent to the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center. I expect these new spaces will be available at the beginning of the spring semester. 

Second, our weekly parking surveys suggest that there is almost always additional permit parking available at the Administration and Extension Service Building at 410 Neville Street and now at the recently acquired former RESA building at 400 Neville Street. Both of these lots are within a reasonable seven-minute walk to Carter Hall. Maps showing the locations of these parking options and the path from those lots to Carter Hall are attached to this communication.

Third, off-campus parking is available for a fee through the City of Beckley. Students and employees opting to park off campus may choose to retain their campus parking privileges or surrender their campus parking permit for a refund of their 2018-19 parking fee and forgiveness of any outstanding parking fines. Those interested in surrendering their campus parking permit for a refund and forgiveness of fines should contact Facilities Management. Electing to surrender campus parking privileges does not prohibit parking in the campus pay-to-park lot located between the Engineering Lab and the Innovation Center.

For more information on parking in city lots, you may contact Robin Waddell in the Mayor’s Office at Robin.Waddell@beckley.org or 304.256.1768.

I expect that WVU Tech’s enrollment will continue to grow well into the foreseeable future.  As it does, we will continue to improve parking as well as our other facilities and services so that learning and working at WVU Tech is a fruitful and enjoyable experience for all on campus. I will continue to provide updates about parking and other issues throughout the year.

I appreciate your understanding and patience.

Gerald Lang, Ph.D.
Interim Campus President