Gee talks possible cuts, respect during State of the University

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Wednesday afternoon West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee delivered the State of the University address.

He focused on a variety of topics that ranged from more possible budget cuts to higher education and even the toxic political environment our society is facing.

Gee mentioned how our state is facing a massive budget hole and that the University is prepared to deal with more budget cuts like Governor Jim Justice has proposed.

Gee also noted that another core value is respect. And that it's the universities responsibility to make sure students can debate, protest and learn in a civil manner.

"There's kind of a civility about this place even though we have students from 55 counties, 50 states and 111 countries, we do work very hard to make sure this issue of diversity, however you define it that inclusion is equally important," said Gee.

Building off of that, one WVU student we talked with said Gee leads by example when it comes to being personable and respectful.

"I think one of the best things about WVU is Gordon Gee," said Bobbie Jo Julian a student at WVU. "Whether it's at a sporting event or downtown, he's personable."