Special Opinion to the Mirror by Terry Malarkey
“An open letter to our elected representatives at Richmond”
Why Don’t We Have a Four Year University here on the Shore?
Before you say we are too small, understand that there are dozens of accredited four year schools, some large, in small towns all across Virginia.
Of particular interest is “The University of Virginia’s College at Wise”. Yes, Wise. In Wise County; Out West. This is a baccalaureate-level public university with an enrollment of 2,000+ in a rural area.
(For more, see; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Virginia%27s_College_at_Wise)
Why there and not here? (Maybe they had more effective elected representatives in the 1970s?)
Such an institution would be tremendous boost to the Shore: well-paid jobs, new blood, enhanced cultural activities, rising real estate values, spin-off businesses, with an influx of people and money from Virginia, and other states and countries.
My own pick would be “Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Onancock”. Or “Shore – Tech”.
This would bring an influx of STEM graduates for Wallops and spin-off businesses. Silicon Shore! We can dream!
If Wise can, why not us?