West Virginia University President James P. Clements, in attendance at the Jan. 13 State of the State address by Gov. Joe Manchin, offered the following comments:

During these challenging economic times, Governor Manchin is demonstrating strong leadership for our state. I appreciate his ongoing support for the Research Trust Fund and the critical role that our universities and colleges must play in taking West Virginia to the next level through scientific research and innovation. I commend him for his plan to convene a Governor’s Summit on Young Talent. And I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Manchin and the Higher Education Policy Commission to improve college-going and graduation rates and to fulfill WVU’s land-grant missions of access and opportunity for all West Virginians.