West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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West Virginia University
Institute of Technology
Motto Infinite Possibilities
Established 1895
President Carolyn Long [1]
Academic staff
177 total
(120 full time)
(57 part time)
Students 1,106
Location Montgomery, West Virginia, United States
38°10′46″N 81°19′29″W / 38.17944°N 81.32472°W / 38.17944; -81.32472Coordinates: 38°10′46″N 81°19′29″W / 38.17944°N 81.32472°W / 38.17944; -81.32472
Campus Rural, 200 acres.
Colors Navy Blue and New Gold
Nickname Golden Bears
Mascot Monty
Website http://www.wvutech.edu
West Virginia Tech Logo.png

West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Montgomery, West Virginia, United States. It is the largest regional campus of West Virginia University and is governed by the WVU Board of Governors. Locals generally call the school WVU Tech, West Virginia Tech, or simply Tech.


The school was founded at the sub-college level Montgomery Preparatory School of WVU in 1895. In 1917 it was separated from WVU and renamed the West Virginia Trade School. Next, in 1921, it reached the junior college level as the New River State School. It became a four-year college as New River State College in 1931 and was renamed the West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1941. It began to grant degrees in engineering in 1952.

The school added a community college in 1966 and it began to grant the master's degree in engineering in 1978.

In 1996 the college became a regional campus of West Virginia University. On July 1, 2007, WVU Tech became a full division of WVU. While several departments on campus report directly to WVU, oversight of all academic areas has remained on Tech's main campus.

WVU Tech was previously associated with the Community & Technical College at WVU Tech. As of May 2009, the two are separate institutions but share the same campus. To help differentiate the two schools, a new name of Bridgemont Community and Technical College was announced for the CTC in May 2009.[2] Bridgemont is now merged with Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College as BridgeValley Community and Technical College.


The "Old Main" building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[3]

The Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center was founded in 1968, and is home to the Golden Bears' Basketball Teams.


The school had been beset with declining enrollments for many years. Much of this is due to the completion of good highways in the state, which have made attending WVU's main campus, traditionally the only other school to offer engineering programs, more reasonable for people in southern West Virginia. In 2011, the state government passed the WVU Tech Revitalization Project law, in response to its declining enrollments and financial distress. As a condition of the law, an assessment was conducted over the summer of 2011 and a “revitalization report” was completed by October 2011.[4] The report recommended that WVU Tech:

  • Establish a co-operative (internship) component for every academic program,
  • Eliminate the costly football program.
  • Establish a science-focused teacher education program.
  • Select a Campus Provost who “must command the confidence of both the Montgomery and main campuses of West Virginia University, as well as having the support of the local community and the State’s higher education and civic leadership.” (p. 31)
  • And that state taxpayers spend an additional five to seven million dollars in each of the next five years.

The report emphasized the importance of its recommended budgetary appropriation by concluding

“Considering the ways a revitalized WVU-Tech will support West Virginia’s ability to compete industrially and economically, the resources required in this study should be viewed as a prudent investment.” (p. 30)

Academic profile[edit]

WVU Tech offers a variety of baccalaureate degree programs in fields such as Engineering, Nursing, Printing Management, Business Management, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Health Services Administration and more.

Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences[edit]

  • Aerospace Engineering, B.S. (2+2)
  • Biology, B.S.
  • Chemical Engineering, B.S.
  • Chemistry, B.S.
  • Civil Engineering, B.S.
  • Computer Science, B.S.
  • Computer Engineering, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, B.S.
  • Engineering Technology: Civil, Mechanical, Environmental B.S.
  • Electronic Engineering Technology B.S.
  • Industrial Technology B.S.
  • Information Systems, B.S.
  • Mathematics, B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

College of Business, Humanities and Social Studies[edit]

  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Athletic Coaching Education, B.S.
  • Aviation Management, B.S.
  • Business Management, B.S.
  • Career & Technical Education, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Forensic Investigation, B.S. (pending final program approval)
  • Health Services Administration, B.S.
  • History & Government, B.S.
  • Nursing, B.S.N.
  • Psychology, B.A.
  • Printing Management, B.S.
  • Public Service Administration, B.S.
  • Regents, B.A.


West Virginia Tech (WVU Tech) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Golden Bears, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an NAIA independent schools of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The Golden Bears formerly competed in the Mid-South Conference and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball.

On November 17, 2011, WVU Tech announced it was leaving the Mid-South Conference effective June 30, 2012. It will become an NAIA-affiliated independent team and apply for admission to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).[5]

The sports at WVU Tech have been very successful over the years. The men's basketball team has won the WVIAC and has been successful in the Mid-South Conference. They were runner-ups in the AII Tournament in 2013. They have also been to the NAIA Nationals over the years. The women's basketball team won the AII Championship in 2013 and went to the NAIA National Championships that year.

The men's soccer team won the USCAA National Championship in 2013 and 2014. They also were runner ups in the USCAA National Championship in 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]


The Golden Bears are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the NAIA Division I level and participate in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII).

The university offers 12 sports; men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer. swimming, and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball.

WVU Tech has won numerous championships, including men's and women's basketball and men's soccer.


  1. ^ "WVU Institute of Technology Administration". WVU Institute of Technology. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Montgomery community college adopts new name". Charleston Gazette. 2009-05-21. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ WV Higher Education Policy Commission
  5. ^ "WVU Tech Athletics to withdraw from Mid-South Conference, maintain independent status in NAIA". West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2011-11-17.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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