An Illinois college executive has accepted an offer from West Virginia State University to succeed embattled President Hazo Carter.
The university's board of governors chose Dr. Brian Hemphill as State's 10th president over two other finalists Wednesday during a special meeting. After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors, board members unanimously chose Hemphill.
"I'm truly humbled and honored by the offer to become the next president of West Virginia State University," Hemphill said in a conference call with board members shortly after they nominated him. "State is a great institution with so much potential."
State has been looking for a new president since the faculty voted no confidence in Carter's leadership and Carter announced he would retire.