ABU president gives annual State of the University

Dr. James (Tim) Barry, Courtesy: Alderson Broaddus University

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Alderson Broaddus University President Dr. James (Tim) Barry gave his annual State of the University report during the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce’s November meeting at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi.

In his address, Barry presented a report stating 48.1 % increase in its economic impact, going from $ 32.6 million to $ 48.3 million, and seen a 61.9% increase in student enrollment since 2010.

Barry mentioned that ABU was ranked 26th by U. S. News & World Report as one of the best regional colleges in the South and ranked fourth as the Best Value College in the South, and reported that the university is in full compliance with the requirements set by its bond holders.

Barry also announced that the institution is applying for a loan from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and that plans for a new school of optometry will be delayed for two years.

It was also announced that Barry's term for president has been extended until 2020.