Associated Press Published

Marshall Names Gary White As Interim President


  Marshall University has named Gary White as its interim president following the sudden death of university president Stephen Kopp.

The Huntington school’s board of governors selected White at an emergency meeting on Monday to lead the university while its board conducts a search for a new president. His tenure begins Thursday.

Kopp died suddenly after being hospitalized for an illness on Dec. 17. He was 63.

White is president and CEO of International Resource Partners and was recently appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission. He served on Marshall’s board in 2010.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the Marshall graduate from Logan also is the former president of the West Virginia Coal Association and is in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame.