West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. The vision is to become a premier regional research university that is recognized nationally for its quality education, excellence in innovative teaching, applied research and experiential learning.
On July 1, 2016, Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. began his tenure as the 11th President of West Virginia State University. An established higher education leader committed to creating higher education opportunities for all students, especially culturally under-represented groups, President Jenkins immediately went to work in the community volunteering to assist flood victims from the historic thousand year flood in Kanawha County. Leading by example, President Jenkins encouraged students, faculty and staff to fulfill the University’s mission to help those impacted by the devastation.
Within weeks of his arrival, President Jenkins refocused the University on a bold, new vision and new, international opportunities. During his first State of the University Address, President Jenkins shared his vision that West Virginia State University will become a premier regional research university that is recognized nationally for its quality education, excellence in innovative teaching, applied research and experiential learning. As President Jenkins secured a partnership with Ningbo University of Technology in China, beginning in Fall 2017, West Virginia State University will deliver an undergraduate program in information and computing science for up to 100 students in China.
Focused on student achievement, President Jenkins relaunched the Student Success Council and charged the University-wide committee with the task of developing and implementing a retention plan to support the University’s enrollment management plan.
Born in Washington D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.
Jenkins began his path to West Virginia State University as a U.S. Army veteran and first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s of science from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University.
Prior to leading the State family, Jenkins served as the Senior Associate Vice President for the University of Central Florida – the nation’s second largest university, a Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Area Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life, Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Students and instructor.
Jenkins is a Life-member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is an active member of several higher education organizations, including: the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); the American College Personnel Association (ACPA); the State University System of Florida Associate Vice President Council; the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP); the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); and the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). He has served as a faculty member for the NASPA Region II Mid Manager Institute.
A supporter of quality higher education, he has served as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He has been inducted into several of the most prestigious academic honor, business and leadership societies in the nation: Alpha Kappa Psi; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; and Order of Omega.
Jenkins is married to Toinette Jenkins and they have three daughters. Mrs. Jenkins obtained her bachelor of science degree from Shaw University and her master's in public policy from Virginia Tech University.
Inauguration Planning Committee/Volunteers
Assistant Vice President for University Relations
Tom Bennett, II
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Legislative Affairs
Director of Communications, WVSU Research & Public Service
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Director of Alumni Relations
Communication Publication Specialist
Vice Chair, WVSU Board of Governors
Director of Physical Facilities
Adult & Commuter Student Services/Parent and Family Programs
Executive Assistant to the President & Campus Events Coordinator
Assistant Vice President of Business and Finance
Dr. Scott Woodard
Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs