"Throughout my presidency, I have heard many stories of how faculty right here on our campus led individuals to find their passion, dream bigger dreams, discover talents they never knew existed and open their mind to knowledge and understanding of the world that changed their lives," Hemphill said. "To the faculty in the room, the time has come for WVSU to make a significant investment in each of you."
Hemphill said the investment in faculty members was made possible "through implementing efficiencies."
On Friday, he announced a Budget Efficiency Summit, to discuss the financial outlook of fiscal year 2015, with gifts and pledges for fiscal year 2014 already at $1.9 million.
"We must maximize our resources to provide a world-class education to all students at the lowest possible cost," he said. "Access and opportunity are critical."
Hemphill also announced Friday that renovations to Fleming Hall will be finished in February, with the school's basketball teams scheduled to play their first games in the new convocation center March 1. The center will house 1,350 fans for basketball games and 2,200 for larger university events, such as commencements.
The new Fleming Hall gymnasium will be named after WVSU graduate and veteran basketball coach Mark Cardwell.
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