The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 19, 2014

W.Va. State President Emeritus Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr. passes away

INSTITUTE — West Virginia State University President Emeritus Dr. Hazo W. Carter Jr. has died.

Dr. Carter served as President of WVSU for 25 years from 1987 through 2012 and was currently serving as President Emeritus.

“Dr. Carter was a strong advocate of quality education and believed in the talents and abilities of our faculty and staff to provide West Virginia State students with the very best,” WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill said. “On behalf of the entire State family, my wife Marisela and I extend our deepest sympathies to his daughter Angela and the extended Carter family who have time and again shown their love and commitment for this University. Our thoughts and prayers are with Angela.”

Dr. Carter became the ninth President of West Virginia State College in September 1987. Shortly after becoming President, he began a 12-year quest to regain land-grant status. Due to his leadership, West Virginia State was once again recognized on both the state and federal levels as an 1890 land-grant institution with accompanying funding to carry out its mission.

In 2004, West Virginia State gained University status and began to offer graduate degrees in biotechnology and media studies.


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