Cody Cunningham, a 34-year-old freshman, said a new president should "start lobbying the government for funding. We need to talk about our future."
Cunningham also said some students have problems dealing with current university officials in the academic affairs, financial and security divisions.
Bill Rollyson, a senior, said, "We have a beautiful campus, but we need new housing and better dorms."
Donna Willis, a 56-year-old WVSU alumna who lives in Institute, said she believes that when the state Legislature "took community colleges from universities, it was a really inappropriate financial decision."
In August, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing "dissatisfaction with the failure of the state Legislature to adequately provide funds for the separation of WVSU and the now-named Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College."
WVSU lost "nearly $5 million," the resolution states, by the creation of KVCTC.
State higher education officials have criticized WVSU leaders' response to the separation of the community college. They say that while other state schools that faced the same issue made changes to deal with it, WVSU simply asked for more money from the state.
Charles T. Ledbetter, a retired professor of education, gave the search committee a detailed statement of what a new president should do.
In his statement, Ledbetter said the new "president's role is made more complex by the institution's background as historically black. . . . The uniqueness of the university's history is one that any WVSU president must understand, embrace and integrate into all areas of the operation of the university."
Thomas F. Guetzloff, a chemistry professor and faculty representative on the Board of Governors, recently wrote, "Many have wondered why the faculty did not push for institutional change years ago, especially since dissatisfaction in the workings of WVSU has been expressed at faculty meetings for several years. . . .
"Such votes are not easy and cannot be taken lightly. It was not until all information was made available to the entire faculty that it was clear a change in leadership was needed.
"Now the entire campus community intends to lay the groundwork so that our new president will have an institution ready for a new direction," Guetzloff said.
Also Friday, WVSU spokeswoman Pat Dickinson released information about the Presidential Search Advisory Committee that will recommend candidates for president.
The committee is co-chaired by WVSU Board of Governors member Vincent Williams, a deputy attorney general in Tennessee, and John Thralls, former interim chancellor of the state Higher Education Policy Commission.
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