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WVU president gives State of University address

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University President Jim Clements still aims to give employees raises in fiscal 2015, despite the looming loss of $13 million in state funding in 2014.

In his annual State of the University address, Clements said budget priorities will also be driven by WVU's core mission, its 2020 strategic plan, the need to improve technology and facilities.

Clements says people are WVU's most important asset, and he wants to retrain and recruit the best. Nationally competitive salaries are a critical component.

He also pointed to positives Monday, including growing student enrollment and diversity, and the generosity of donors.

Since 2009, Clements said private gifts have totaled $117 million.

Clements also says health-care operations statewide have grown, boosting revenues from $1.1 billion in 2008 to $1.65 billion last year.

 


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