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The Inauguration of Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

The Inauguration of Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., as West Virginia State University’s 10th President was truly a historic occasion.

On Friday, Sept. 20, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction on the new Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall – WVSU’s first new residence hall since 1969.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 21, an Investiture Ceremony was held in the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium of Ferrell Hall to officially welcome Dr. Hemphill as WVSU’s 10th president.

Hundreds turned out for ceremony, including a procession of delegates from higher education institutions from throughout West Virginia and beyond.

Following the Investiture Ceremony, the crowd moved to Lakin Field for the Yellow Jackets first home football game of the season against the West Liberty Hilltoppers. A special ceremony was held at halftime with representatives of the student body presenting President Hemphill with a photo commemorating the 2013 State Stride.

After the game, a gathering was held in the Wilson University Union for everyone who attended the day’s activities.


West Virginia State University Board of Governors gratefully acknowledges the support of these generous sponsors as we officially welcomed Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., as the University’s 10th President.

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Ambling University Development Group
PJ Dick
Thompson Hospitality
WVSU Foundation, Inc.

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