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WVSU President Hemphill Named Radford President

Brian Hemphill

West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill announced his resignation Wednesday, Dec. 16. Hemphill will leave his post to take over at Radford University, in Virginia, effective July 1, 2016.

He has served as West Virginia State’s president since July 2012.

Hemphill announced his move in a letter emailed to WVSU staff and students on Wednesday morning. He thanked the board of governors and the school’s community for welcoming him and giving him the opportunity to lead the historically black university.

Hemphill also said he will work with the school on a transition plan during his remaining time at WVSU.

During Hemphill’s tenure, West Virginia State has increased fundraising, improved retention rates, increased degree completion, and increased enrollment of transfer and out-of-state students.

WVSU now joins six other West Virginia schools that have replaced their presidents in just the past year.