WVSU Introduces New President to Campus and Community

  • Posted on: 24 May 2012
  • By: The Media Center

May 24, 2012 - The Media Center provided live news/media coverage via-satellite from West Virginia State University in Institute, WV for the introduction of their new President. Dr. Brian O. Hemphill. He was officially welcomed today as the 10th president of West Virginia State University by the institution’s Board of Governors, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community leaders, during a press conference at Erickson Alumni Center. His appointment was approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission at its May 18 meeting.

Hemphill was the unanimous choice of the Board of Governors following a national search that began earlier this year. He has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2004 and was appointed to lead the university's Enrollment Management division in 2009. Hemphill was a tenured associate professor at NIU in the department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education. He has held numerous leadership roles in national higher education organizations and has published and presented extensively on leadership and crisis management.

As president and chief executive officer, Hemphill will report to the WVSU Board of Governors and will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the institution. Hemphill’s presidency officially begins July 1. In the interim he is meeting with a presidential transition team to ensure a smooth turnover. “Dr. Carter and his staff have been generous and gracious in their welcome and I look forward to working beside them for the next few weeks to create a seamless transition for the university,” said Hemphill. President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. will retire June 30 after serving as the university's president for 25 years.

Take a look below at some pictures from the event.

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