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West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill will be a Yellow Jacket for a few more years.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently approved a new five-year contract for Hemphill, the school’s 10th president.

“Over the course of two years, President Hemphill has reinvigorated West Virginia State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters and established a sense of pride that has stretched across campus and throughout the Kanawha Valley,” said WVSU Board of Governors Chairman Tom Susman. “From clear, visual changes on campus like the new convocation center, residence hall and athletic complex to fundamental changes in academics, such as the expansion of degree programs, the number and quality of freshman students, as well as efforts to address retention and graduation rates, WVSU is by far a better University today because of President Hemphill’s leadership in dedication to the State family.”

Susman went on to say Hemphill responded to the board’s request for immediate results in fundraising by increasing fundraising at the school by 354 percent over the previous two years and he secured the largest gift in the history of the university.

“He is a true advocate for State, and I am pleased he has agreed to continue his role,” Susman said.

Hemphill’s new agreement with WVSU, effective July 1, will increase his annual base salary from $235,500 to $287,310.