ESU Needs Land

Eastern Shore Post, May 24, 2019

By Linda Cicoira

Accomack supervisors took no action Wednesday on a request to give county industrial park property to the University of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Foundation to kick-start the group’s dream of getting a four-year college here.

“The county has 200 acres of land not assigned to anything,” said Terry Malarkey, president of the foundation. “If you could commit this land for this project, we would take and advertise it globally. Our dream is Virginia Tech on the Shore.” Malarkey said institutions have historically been established in Virginia after land was donated. “If Virginia Tech doesn’t bite, we could lower our standards to Stanford or … Cambridge.”

“I admire your vision,” said Supervisor Reneta Major. “We have an Eastern Shore Community College and …they are struggling with enrollment. How would you see something like this coming to fruition?”

Malarkey contended ESCC enrollment is where it should be despite the school being in a three-year reboot that could result in ESCC becoming part of Tidewater Community College. Four-and two-year colleges “have been coexisting all through the commonwealth, I puzzle why it would be different here,” he said.

In Melfa, the ESCC, the industrial park, and the county airport are adjacent to each other.

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