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Greetings! As Co-Chairs of the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you to campus in March for a historic event as we officially welcome Anthony L. Jenkins as the University's 11th President. This website has been created to serve as the informational portal for Inauguration activities. Information available on this website includes, but is not limited to: the schedule of events, airline information, hotel information, delegate information and contact information. On behalf of the Yellow Jacket Nation, we look forward to joining together to honor President Jenkins and the excitement his visionary leadership has brought, and will continue to bring, to the campus community.
Tom R. Bennett, II
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Legislative Affairs

Belinda K. Fuller
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Director of Alumni Relations
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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.

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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAbout Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
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.

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West Virginia State University welcomes delegates to march in the Processional and Recessional at the Investiture Ceremony to be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Delegates are members of administration, faculty or an alumnus/alumna appointed to represent an academic institution. Potential delegates are encouraged to contact the President or the Provost at their respective institution for approval/authorization as an official institutional representative prior to registering.


Delegates should complete the registration form by CLICKING HERE. Once you have been registered, a representative of the University will contact you.


Delegates should provide their own academic regalia.


Robing will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Ferrell Hall (specific room assignments to be determined).


Delegates will be ordered by the year their institution was founded (oldest to most recent). Representatives of the University staff will be available to assist with the line-up/order.
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Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 17, 2017
  • 1:00 p.m. -- Investiture Ceremony in the P.A. Wiliams Auditorium of Ferrell Hall
  • 3:00 p.m. (approximately) -- Receiving Line
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony
  • 4:00 p.m. -- Founder's Day Reception in the James C. Wilson University Union
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Campus Tour (optional)

Airline Information:

  • Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, West Virginia, is located approximately 10 miles from campus and just a few miles from downtown Charleston. American, Delta, Spirit, United and U.S. Airways Express provide service to and from Yeager Airport. Please visit the airport's website at www.yeagerairport.com for additional information.

Hotel Information:

  • A block of rooms have been reserved at the Charleston Marriott Town Center located at 200 Lee Street East and at the Courtyard Charleston Downtown located at 100 Kanawha Boulevard East for the nights of Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17. To reserve a room at the Charleston Marriott Town Center at the group rate of $119.00 per night, please call 304-345-6500 or CLICK HERE by Thursday, February 23, 2017. To reserve a room at the Courtyard Charleston Downtown at the group rate of $124.00, please call 304-344-5777 by Thursday, February 16, 2017. Please provide the event name, West Virginia State University Inauguration, in order to receive the discounted room rate.

Additional Area Hotels:

Embassy Suites
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(Located approximately 10 miles from campus)

Four Points by Sheraton
600 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25301
(Located approximately 10 miles from campus)

Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
1 Greyhound Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
(Located approximately 5 miles from campus)

Sleep Inn & Suites
15 Golf Crossing Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
(Located approximately 5 miles from campus)


Parking at the Univeristy is restricted to individuals with a parking permit or visitor's pass. However, for the Inauguration activities, open parking will be available in any legal spot all day on Friday, March 17, 2017. For specific parking lot locations, please refer to the Campus Map.

Driving Directions

From Charleston, West Virginia:

Travel nine miles West towards Huntington on Interstate 64. Take exit 50 (Institute Exit). Turn left at the stop sign, onto US Highway 25. Visitor parking is adjacent to the Visitor's Center. Check in at the Visitor's Center, located along Barron Drive, to obtain a visitor's pass for parking.

From Huntingon, West Virginia:

Travel 40 miles East towards Charleston on Interstate 64. Get off of the Interstate at exit 50 (Institute Exit). Turn Left at the stop sign, onto US Highway 25. Visitor parking is adjacent to the Visitor's Center. Check in at the Visitor's center, located along Barron Drive, to obtain a visitor's pass for parking.

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAbout the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee

Inauguration Planning Committee/Volunteers

Jack Bailey
Assistant Vice President for University Relations

Tom Bennett, II
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Legislative Affairs

Matt Browning
Director of Communications, WVSU Research & Public Service

Belinda Fuller
Co-Chair, Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee
Director of Alumni Relations

Mark Fuller
Communication Publication Specialist

William Lipscomb
Vice Chair, WVSU Board of Governors

Marvin Smith
Director of Physical Facilities

Trina Sweeney
Adult & Commuter Student Services/Parent and Family Programs

Crystal Walker
Executive Assistant to the President & Campus Events Coordinator

Kristi Williams
Assistant Vice President of Business and Finance

Dr. Scott Woodard
Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
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For questions regarding the Inauguration or the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, please email inauguration@wvstateu.edu or call 304-766-5700.

Inaugural Events; friday march 17, 2017

 Event:  Time:
 Investiture Ceremony  1:00 p.m.
 Receiving Line  Immediately following Investiture Ceremony
 Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony  3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 Founders Day Reception  4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Campus Tours (optional)  4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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