West Virginia State President to Deliver State of the University Address

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Oct. 14, 2013
West Virginia State President to Deliver State of the University Address

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) President Brian O. Hemphill will deliver his second State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium, Ferrell Hall.

The address is open to WVSU students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as community leaders and members.

“This year has been a momentous one of growth in academics and infrastructure and I am eager to share with the State family where we are as a University today and were we are going in the future,” Hemphill said of the upcoming State of the University address. “This will be more than a reflection, but also a celebration of what is to come.”

Hemphill will address student, faculty and staff accomplishments during the past year, while at the same time reviewing some of the major developments that have occurred on campus such as the groundbreaking for a new residence hall and the construction of a new convocation center at Fleming Hall.

The President will also talk about the increase the University has seen in philanthropic giving which went from $620,000 in fiscal year 2012, to more than $2.25 million in fiscal year 2013.

In addition, the University saw a surge in its first-time full-time freshmen enrollment numbers this fall which were up nearly 50 percent from fall 2012.

Hemphill is also expected to make a major announcement during the State of the University of a new program to promote research activities at WVSU.
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. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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