CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The commentary by Dorothy Phillips, critical of the Revitalization Committee of the Higher Education Policy Commission, takes a view of WVU Tech that is not supported by the majority of citizens of Fayette and Kanawha counties and does a great disservice to Tech.
She makes a personal attack on David Hendrickson, the unpaid chairman of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Tech Revitalization Committee. He has been a leader in education for many years. He has shown a great interest in Tech devoting many hours of his time. Ed Robinson was born a Golden Bear. He is probably the major financial contributor to the Tech Foundation.
I consider Mrs. Phillips a personal friend, but she has been wrong on Tech's problems for many years and now has criticized citizens who are trying to help Tech. The Faculty Senate and other Tech employees endorsed the efforts of the Revitalization Committee.
This Committee has completed its work and the Legislative Oversight Committee has signed off on it with our Delegate Dave Perry being the sole dissenter.
For too long we have heard the "Take Back Tech" group boast of "Saving Tech." She has, for some unknown reason, a dislike of WVU.
Tech would not be a viable college without the help of WVU. Why would WVU want Tech to fail? She recites certain Tech leaders who are graduates of WVU who she believes are controlling Tech. If we eliminate graduates of WVU from qualified Tech leaders, we would eliminate most, if not all, Tech's employees.
The "Take Back Tech" group should disband and give the remaining money to Tech for scholarships. Constantly being a critic, at some point, does a disservice to Tech, and that point was reached many months ago.
Tech is a very viable institution. Its loss of enrollment has been for a number of reasons. The principle one is the drastic loss of population in the areas of Southern West Virginia where the college has traditionally drawn its students. In addition, almost half of its students were moved to create Bridgemont Community and Technical College.