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…