West Virginia University President Gordon Gee caught our attention with this quote from a speech he gave to a room full of WVU alumni on Capitol Hill last week:

“We can cure cancer. We can write the great American novel. We can discover new galaxies — because we are Mr. Lincoln’s university,” Gee said. “Imagination today is what steel was 120 years ago—the very building block of progress.

“We have moved from a hardware to a thoughtware society. That is not to diminish the importance of coal and oil, gas and energy. But in order to compete worldwide in any industry today, West Virginians must out-think in order to out-perform.

“Fortunately, West Virginia University can help our state do just that. Education expands individual opportunity, stimulates the economy and creates jobs. In fact, West Virginia University is the largest employer in the state.”

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