"It takes passion, vision and industriousness in order to create a new university. We have those traits. We are going to be successful and are anxious to get on with it,'' Welch said.
Spring semester classes in Beckley and Martinsburg will begin Jan. 14. Online classes begin Jan. 7.
About 500 students are expected to enroll at UC-Beckley for the spring semester. At its peak, Mountain State had said it enrolled 8,200 students annually. A majority of its students were nontraditional.
The school was founded in 1933 as Beckley College.