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.

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins giving his inaugural speech. [Photo Credit: Demetrius Johnson Jr.]
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.

[Photo Credit: West Virginia State University]
The WVSU first family includes Jenkins wife, Toinette, and his two daughters, Ashley and Alicia.

West Virginia State University was founded under the provisions of the Second Morrill Act of 1890 as the West Virginia Colored Institute, one of the 19 land-grant institutions authorized by Congress and designated by the states to provide for the education of black citizens in agriculture and mechanical arts. From 1891 to 1915, the original institute offered the equivalent of a high school education, vocational training, and teacher preparation. 1915, the West Virginia Collegiate Institute began to offer college degrees. Under the leadership of President John W. Davis, the academic program was expanded and new buildings were constructed, and in 1927, the institution was accredited by the North Central Association; in 1929, it became West Virginia State College. Over the next decades, WVSC became recognized as one of the leading public institutions of higher education for African-Americans. In 2004, the West Virginia Legislature approved WVSC’s tradition of University status, and today WVSU offers 22 bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees. With a rich history, and promising future, WVSU is positioned to become the most student-centered research and teaching, land-grant university in West Virginia, and beyond.


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