Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2013

W.Va. Senate authorizes community college merger

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate has voted unanimously to consolidate Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

The bill passed Monday would leave the two separate campuses intact, but they would have a single board of governors and one president.

Kanawha Valley President Joseph Badgley is planning to retire and it is expected that Bridgemont President Jo Harris will become president of the combined college.

The boards of governors of both colleges have approved the merger. The merger is being billed as a cost saving measure.

The two campuses are 33 miles apart on the Kanawha River.