The board of governors of West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia, near the state capital in Charleston, has selected Anthony L. Jenkins at the eleventh president of the educational institution. West Virginia State University is a historically Black university but today only 10 percent of the 2,800-member undergraduate student body is Black.
In accepting the appointment, which is effective July 1, Dr. Jenkins stated: “Throughout my career, I have focused my efforts and energy on students and ensuring their path to earning a college education is accessible and, most of all, challenging and rewarding. I am truly honored to join a family which is as dedicated to student-centeredness and access.”
Dr. Jenkins has been serving as senior associate vice president for student development and enrollment services at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jenkins was vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. He is the former dean of students at the University of Houston Clear Lake.
Dr. Jenkins is a graduate of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, where he majored in criminal justice and sociology. He holds a master’s degree in criminology from North Carolina Central University in Durham and a doctorate in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.