Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVSU Names Jenkins New President

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVSU Names Jenkins New President

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An incomplete version of this story ran in Wednesday's final edition. Here is the full text.

The son of a single mother and the first person in his family to go to college has a lot to smile about.

West Virginia State University's Board of Governors named Anthony L. Jenkins the school's 11th president Tuesday afternoon, ending a search-for-new-president">nearly five-month search for the historically black college's next leader.

Jenkins told those gathered at a news conference that it was education that changed his life - what rescued him from the southeast side of Washington, D.C., and transformed his future.

"This is a dream come true. I'm a long way from the southeast side of Washington, and I'm not just talking distance," Jenkins said. "I'm talking about education, a life of twists and turns and great opportunities. This is the apex of my career, and I'm very proud of that."

Current WVSU President Brian Hemphill http:// chief-brian-hemphill-named-president-of-radford">announced in December that he had accepted a new position, starting in July, as president of Radford University, in Virginia. http:// interviewed-board-may-choose-president-thursday">Jenkins was one of three finalists interviewed for Hemphill's job last month.

"Don't tell me that education is not a game changer," he said. "As a first-generation college student, my education has helped to evolve me as a person and has added value to my life. It has taken me across this great nation and beyond, . . . and today I stand ready to lead one of the greatest universities in this nation."

Board Chairwoman Ann Brothers Smith said it felt like she had read hundreds of rsums before the presidential search committee finally settled on Jenkins.

"When Dr. Hemphill first announced he accepted a presidency at Radford University, my first thought was, 'We've got some big shoes to fill,' " Smith said. "Maybe a size 13."

To Smith and other members of the board, Jenkins is the perfect fit for WVSU. …

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