INSTITUTE, WV – West Virginia State University installed their 11th President Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, who assumed the presidency on July 1, 2016. Dr. Jenkins was installed during the Presidential Investiture ceremony on Friday in Farrell Hall on the campus and which also is the founding day of the university. The university turned 126 years-old.
During Dr. Jenkins inaugural address he urge students, alumni, and community supporters to join him in the fight for State and to not let anyone forget that West Virginia State University is the crown jewel of the Kanawha valley.
The final candidates were invited to WVSU’s Institute, W.Va campus in late April to meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and business leaders at a series of open forums. After reviewing stakeholders’ comments regarding each candidate, the WVSU Board of Governors offered the position to Dr. Jenkins. Before joining the WVSU family, he served as senior associate vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida.
Among remarks were Dr. Phyllis Gray-Ray, who currently serves as Dean/Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University brought greetings from the highest of seven hills and described Dr. Jenkins as a leader who is terrifically qualified and well skilled in moving WVSU forward as president. She also presented Jenkins with a plaque of congratulations on the behalf of Interim President Larry Robinson and the FAMU community.
The WVSU first family includes Jenkins wife, Toinette, and his two daughters, Ashley and Alicia.