West Virginia State University Returns to Charleston with WVSU Downtown

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April 10, 2022
West Virginia State University Returns to Charleston with WVSU Downtown 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) announced plans today for WVSU Downtown, a new center to be located at 107 Capitol St. in the heart of downtown Charleston.

WVSU President Ericke Cage was joined by Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and other local officials in making the announcement at the future site of the center located on the first floor and lower floor of the Kanawha Banking and Trust Building.

“We are excited to announce our return to downtown Charleston with the establishment of this new center,” said President Cage. “WVSU Downtown will serve as a platform for social and economic mobility in the heart of Charleston – it will be a hive of activity where high demand academic programming and social engagement initiatives will converge to support economic growth and social change in West Virginia’s capital city.”

Once completed, WVSU Downtown will feature both space for academic and extension programs, as well space for area alumni, friends and supporters to connect with the university. Space in the center will also be available for rent, so that members of the general public will also be able to take advantage of the downtown location.

“There are nearly 10,000 West Virginia State University alumni here in the Kanawha Valley and we want our new center to serve as a hub for them to reconnect with the university and with each other,” President Cage said.

Renovation work on the space that will house the center will begin in the near future with a planned opening date for the center in the fall.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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