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Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address
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Michele G. Wheatly Lunch Keynote Address

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West Virginia University: Economic Development at a “Super” Land-Grant in a Rural State

West Virginia University: Economic Development at a “Super” Land-Grant in a Rural State

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  • 1. #UEDASummit
  • 2. Michele G. Wheatly Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University #UEDASummit
  • 3. West Virginia University: Economic Development at a “Super” Land-Grant in a Rural State University Economic Development Association Conference Pittsburgh, PA  October 29, 2013 Michele G. Wheatly, Ph.D. Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs West Virginia University
  • 4. Bridging the Gap New River Gorge Bridge  Fayetteville, West Virginia 3,030 feet long  876 feet high  1975  Bridge Day
  • 5. West Virginia: A State of “Communities” • 1.8 million residents • 55 counties • 5 cities > 30K residents
  • 6. COLLABORATION Tribal trade and rugged terrain created social, political, and economic cultures of collaboration. INNOVATION West Virginia became a state in 1863 when 50 northwestern counties of Virginia decided to break away during the Civil War.
  • 7. Access to Education Access to Healthcare Economic Opportunity
  • 8. WVU: A Brief History 1862 • Morrill Act created landgrant universities 1867 • WVU was founded 1914 • Smith-Lever Act created Cooperative Extension 1903 • Medical education began with Maryland partnership 1951 • University Hospital opened 1962 • Medical degrees awarded
  • 9. “Super Land-Grants” Land-grant universities with comprehensive health sciences under a single president West Virginia Arizona The Ohio State University Wisconsin Missouri Minnesota Connecticut Florida Tennessee Kentucky
  • 10. State of West Virginia: Population and Rankings State Population (millions) Economic Educational Attainment Health Outcomes (undergraduate) West Virginia 1.9 48 50 47 Florida 19.3 40 31 34 Ohio 11.5 23 38 35 Arizona 6.5 31 29 25 Tennessee 6.4 14 41 39 Michigan 6.0 19 33 42 Wisconsin 5.7 28 28 16 Minnesota 5.3 39 10 5 Kentucky 4.3 17 47 44 Connecticut 3.6 43 4 6
  • 11. WVU Bureau of Business & Economic Research • GDP expansion: WV ranks 10th with 3% growth. • Natural resources and mining: Natural gas production has doubled in two years. • Construction: A 2.3% increase is forecasted. • Exports: Exports such as coal are increasing. • Health services: A 2.1% increase is forecasted. • Jobs and Income: Even with 1% growth per year, $34K income per capita still ranks low. • Aging in Appalachia: An aging population requires increased healthcare. • Education: Only 30% of West Virginians have some college education.
  • 12. WVU: Bridging the Gap Access to Education Access to Healthcare { { { Economic Opportunity • Well-informed population • Versatile and capable workforce – Achieves career success – Attracts industry & commerce • Preventative well-being • Health and dental care • Extension Service • • • • Government and legislature Translational initiatives, IP, etc. Community engagement Global outreach
  • 13. WVU2020 Strategic Plan Developed in 2010 with broad constituency engagement Endorsed by the WVU Board of Governors in 2011 Implementing goals and realizations WVU’s mission contributes to all aspects of economic development ➡ Deliver high-quality education. ➡ Excel in discovery and innovation. ➡ Model a culture of diversity and inclusion. ➡ Promote health and vitality. ➡ Build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.
  • 14. Reimagining the Land-Grant Mission WVU2020 Strategic Plan for the Future Academics Research Health Sciences Extension Lifelong Learning State Relations Associate Provost for Engagement & Outreach Chief Global Officer
  • 15. Economic Development: State Relations Global A broad concept that requires multiple leaders and shared responsibility for effective coordination. Engagement & Outreach Academic
  • 16. Shale Gas Utilization Example: Economic Development • Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission • Business & economic research • Partnerships in Poland and China • Extension Service’s gas education State Relations Global Engagement & Outreach Academic • Faculty hiring • Energy research • LIINC (Linking Innovation, Industry, & Commercialization)
  • 17. Example: Access • Higher Education Policy Commission • Community and Technical College State System Relations • Pre K-12 Global • Global competency to Education • 4-H • Extension Service • Adult learners Engagement & Outreach Academic • Academic Innovation
  • 18. Example: Access to Healthcare • Extension Service • Rural health • Medicare • Medicaid • Affordable Care Act State Relations Global • Global health Engagement & Outreach Academic • WVU Healthcare
  • 19. Example: Raising the Health Status of West Virginians School of Public Health Mountain of Excellence: Eliminating Appalachian health disparities Clinical and translational research grant of $53M over 5 years
  • 20. WVU Healthcare: State Economic Impact $2.6B (direct) + $2.8B (indirect) = $5.4B • With a hospital expansion, impact is anticipated to grow to $6.6B by 2017. • WVU Healthcare constitutes 8% of West Virginia’s economy. • WVU Healthcare and its employees paid $95M in taxes and generated $483M in total state tax revenue.
  • 21. “Super Land-Grant” Health Sciences State Relations Engagement & Outreach Academic Global Economic Development Collaboration Innovation Strategic Planning Extension Service Lifelong Learning Access

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