Two Upper Kanawha Valley residents sue WVU BOG on Tech move

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — A pair of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit Friday against the WVU Board of Governors for their planned move of WVU Tech in Montgomery to Beckley.

Fayette and Kanawha counties previously agreed not to sue WVU, but Dorothy Phillips and William Willis are attempting to keep the school in the town which sits on the Kanawha-Fayette county line.

The basis of the suit is a legislative mandate in 2006 that required WVU Tech headquarters to remain in Montgomery.

The lawsuit also alleges that WVU Tech has declined steadily both in enrollment and condition since WVU Tech took limited control in 1996, as well as the engineering program dropping from a No. 4 ranking nationally to No. 78.

The lawsuit accuses the WVU Board of Governors of attempting “to relocate and otherwise diminish, and neglect the engineering program at (Tech),” by advertising a move to Beckley without any legislative right to do so.

Both plaintiffs have a connection to WVU Tech and the Montgomery community.

The move to Beckley is planned for the fall of 2017.