CONTACT:  Amy Pitzer, Director of Communications
Concord University Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-5211

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2024


ATHENS, WV – The Concord University Board of Governors met on Tuesday, February 20, and, among other business, unanimously approved a resolution of support for the passage of HB4882 by the West Virginia Legislature.

HB4882 is the Governor’s bill and was first discussed in his State-of-the-State address on January 9. Additional sponsors include Speaker Roger Hanshaw, Delegate Sean Hornbuckle, Delegate Heather Tully, Delegate Mike Hornby, Delegate Laura Kimble, Delegate Debbie Warner, Delegate Roy Cooper, and Delegate Scot Heckert.

Concord University Board of Governor’s Chairman, David Barnette stated, “The Concord University Board of Governors strongly supports the enactment of HB4882. Support for our active and retired military personnel and their families has been a focus at Concord University.”

The bill, in summary, extends in-state tuition rates to all members of the National Guard, reserves, and armed forces, as well as their spouses and dependents when they choose to move to and reside in West Virginia and attend a state institution of higher education.

Concord University has a long, rich history as a veteran-friendly college for supporting veterans and members of the military. Concord has an appointed position of Student Veteran Advocate, a Student Veterans Newsletter, and a Veterans Lounge with access to computers, coffee, opportunities to meet and network with other student veterans, a CAC reader (Common Access Card, which provides security for digital authentication for ATM transfers, online payments, bill paying, etc., for members of the military), as well as other amenities and resources for veterans.

Board of Governors member, U.S. Army Retired, Colonel Chris Selvey said, “The Board of Governors approval to support of HB4882 is another positive step forward by Concord University in supporting Veterans and their Dependents of all Branches of Service to continue their higher education. Concord University recognizes the sacrifices made by service members and their dependents in the service to our country and this is a way that we can help to set these individuals up for success in our local communities and the great State of West Virginia.”

The Concord University Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) provides a one-stop shop for student veterans and streamlines the various processes they require as they progress through college from application to graduation. Concord also accepts credit for military service.

Concord has a chapter of SALUTE (National Veterans Honor Society), has an approved chapter of Student Veterans of America, is a proud member of AVECO (Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials) and has received designations as Best in the Southeast Region for the Yellow Ribbon Program by and the ‘23-’24 Military Friendly Gold School designation.


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Students, faculty, and staff walking outside of Marsh Hall at Concord University.