College president regrets his ‘passion’ turned into a ‘distraction’

West Virginia Northern Community College President Daniel Mosser — who lambasted some Wheeling city leaders last week over a possible collaboration with Bluefield State College — said Monday he regretted that his “passionate” delivery had become an issue itself. His efforts, though, have received strong support from other local college leaders.

Mosser said specific points of contention about the city’s memorandum of understanding with Bluefield State have caused parties to lose focus on the pertinent issues.

“I feel the ongoing public dialogue and attacks have not been constructive, nor do they focus on the matter at hand,” Mosser said. “I am a passionate person who cares deeply about our college and the people we serve — our students, our employees and the residents of the community.

West Liberty University President W. Franklin Evans and Wheeling University President Ginny Favede joined Mosser in publicly protesting the city’s efforts to bring another outside institution of higher learning to Wheeling. City leaders have maintained that their MOU with Bluefield State is non-binding, and the city aims to fill space at the former Ohio Valley Medical Center, which the city acquired last year.

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