UPDATE: WVSU Names New President

By: Cathleen Moxley, The Associated Press Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/24/12 @ 11:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's not election day but there's a new president in town.

West Virginia State University announced Thursday that Dr. Brian O. Hemphill will become the school's 10th president.

Prior to coming to WVSU, Hemphill was the Vice President of Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University where he managed a staff of more than 550.

Hemphill says he sees a bright future for the university as it moves to a heighten level of excellence, "I see all opportunities all across this university and I will be the first to tell you that we will not receive the benefit of these opportunities without a great deal of hard work, fiscal discipline, shared sacrifice and the will to succeed."

Hemphill and his wife will move to the area the first week of July.

Hemphill was one of three candidates vying for the position.

UPDATE 4/18/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State University has narrowed the field of candidates for its new president.

The school on Wednesday provided a list of three final candidates for the position to replace longtime President Hazo W. Carter Jr.

The final candidates include: Brian O'Harold Hemphill, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the Northern Illinois University; Alicia L. Jackson, dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University; and Donna H. Oliver, president of Mississippi Valley State University.

West Virginia State Board of Governors chairman Larry Rowe had said the board hopes to have a new president on July 1.

Carter announced last August that he will retire. He will remain at West Virginia State as president emeritus until his contract expires in 2014.

UPDATE 12/29/11
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State University President Hazo Carter will remain at the school as president emeritus for two years after he retires.

Carter announced his retirement in August, one week after a no-confidence vote by faculty. He will become president emeritus on July 1, 2012, and serve in that role until June 30, 2014.
The Higher Education Policy Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to amend Carter's contract to reflect his new role.

As president emeritus, Carter's responsibilities will include fund raising. He will continue to draw his $167,444 annual salary.

Carter has served as West Virginia State's president since 1987.

An advisory committee will be named in January to search for a new president.

UPDATE 8/23/11 @ 12:45 p.m.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State University President Hazo Carter has announced his retirement.

Carter sent a letter to Larry Rowe, the chairman of the board of governors on Monday announcing his plans to retire.

Rowe says they hope to have a replacement by July 1, 2012. Carter will stay on as president until a replacement is found.

Carter's retirement announcement comes just days after the Faculty Senate approved a no confidence vote against him.

Some faculty members say the school is stagnant and enrollment is on the decline.

A committee will be created to find Carter's replacement, it will be made up of alumni, faculty, staff and students.

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UPDATE 8/23/11
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State University President Hazo Carter will be back in the hot seat Tuesday morning.

Last week, the Faculty Senate approved a vote of no confidence against Cater.

Some faculty members say the school is stagnant and enrollment is on the decline.

A personnel committee has been created to review the situation and will meet Tuesday. They will make recommendations to the Board of Governors.

Friday, the Board of Governors will meet to discuss the vote. They are the only ones who can determine the future of Hazo Carter.

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UPDATE 8/16/11 @ 2:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- No confidence in West Virginia State University President Hazo Carter -- that’s the word Tuesday.

W.V.S.U.’s faculty senate took up a no confidence vote against Carter, Tuesday afternoon.

67 faculty members endorsed the no confidence measure, 15 voted against it and 14 abstained from the vote.

Some faculty members say they are concerned about the future of the school because of flat to declining enrollment and a loss of funding from the community and technical college.

The vote will not have an impact on Carter's role as President.

That would have to be decided by the university's Board of Governors.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Just one week until classes begin at West Virginia State University in Institute, and faculty members are being faced with a tough decision about who's leading the charge.

As they’re welcomed back Tuesday, they'll be handed a ballot. That's when the 'no confidence' vote is expected take place for the university's president of 25 years.

“Tomorrow will be my 25th year of opening at the faculty meeting,” Hazo Carter, WVSU’s president, said.

Carter has spent a quarter of a century at West Virginia State -- long before it became a university. That achievement is one of many under his belt, but now some say the progress has slowed, so they're holding a no confidence vote at a faculty senate meeting, Tuesday.

“I respect the fact that people have the right to their own opinions,” Carter said.

And for now that's all it is. Even if the 124 faculty members check the no confidence box, the decision to fire Carter would have to come from the university's board of governors.

Larry Rowe, the chairman of the board of governors, says there are budget concerns, but that a 'no confidence' vote seems premature at this time.

“My commitment has always been to work for students,” Carter said. “That's been my focus and that continues to be my focus.”

Right now that includes the renovation and expansion of Fleming Hall, a plan to build two new residence halls and adding more graduate programs.

“We've done a very good job of bringing in federal dollars to support our academic programs,” Carter said. “Right now we have about 10,000 alumni who live in the Charleston area. One way that you can really judge the quality of a school is to look at the contributions of the alumni. When you look at our alumni, this is indeed an outstanding institution of higher education.”

Carter says he hasn't received any official notification of what the problem is or that the vote's even happening.

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