(By Senators Plymale, Edgell, Tomblin, Mr. President, Unger, Caldwell, Rowe, McCabe, Kessler, Jenkins, Bowman, Helmick, Snyder, Bailey, Prezioso, White, Fanning, Minard, Sharpe, Ross, Dempsey, Love, Deem, Facemyer, Hunter, Oliverio, McKenzie, Weeks, Boley, Guills, Minear and Sprouse)

Designating February 4, 2003, as "Higher Education Day".
Whereas, The foundation of any society's success is the degree to which its citizens are educated; and
Whereas, The citizens of West Virginia are committed to supporting higher education; and
Whereas, West Virginia's colleges and universities increase the knowledge base of West Virginia's students, as well as those from other states; and
Whereas, West Virginia's education system helps students achieve their educational goals and meet the workforce needs of West Virginia and the United States; and
Whereas, Not only does the education system contribute to the economic vitality of the state, but it enriches the culture and life of all communities and regions within the state, as well as outside its boundaries; and
Whereas, West Virginia's colleges and universities advance the development of technology, partner with business and industry, conduct groundbreaking research and improve lives through advanced health care; and
Whereas, Through the services of outstanding faculty, staff, administration and executive leadership, West Virginia's colleges and universities have developed student-centered programs and curriculums; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 4, 2003, as "Higher Education Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the commitment to excellence the leaders of our colleges and universities have demonstrated; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the President of West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc., and to each of the presidents of West Virginia's private and public colleges and universities.