West Virginia University president delivers annual address

MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the school must take risks in order to move ahead.

Gee said during his annual State of the University address Monday that every risk includes a chance it won’t turn out as planned. But he said without mistakes, the university can’t learn or grow.

Gee said WVU is focused on findings of WV Forward, a collaboration of WVU, Marshall University and the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Gee said WVU is working to build an innovation ecosystem critical to the state’s future.

He said the university is also trying to help with the opioid crisis and is focusing on other health issues in the state, including heart disease, the leading cause of death in West Virginia.

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