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West Virginia State University names new president

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst Newly appointed West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins applauds after putting on a Yellow Jacket cap following the announcement of his hiring by the school’s Board of Governors on Tuesday.

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst
Newly appointed West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins applauds after putting on a Yellow Jacket cap following the announcement of his hiring by the school’s Board of Governors on Tuesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — 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 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…

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