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Concord University has a new sheriff in town – for the meantime.

Kendra Boggess has been named the university's interim president, contingent upon approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Concord's long-time president, Greg Aloia, announced last week he has accepted a position as president of the College of Coastal Georgia. He will assume his duties July 1. The school's board of governors met May 2 and voted to appoint Boggess to the interim position.

"I am honored that the board has shown confidence in selecting me to serve during this time of transition, and I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of the office if approved by the WVHEPC," Boggess said in a statement.

Boggess currently serves as the school's interim vice president and academic dean. Aloia praised the board for choosing an experienced administrator to temporarily fill his role.

"Dr. Boggess is an outstanding choice," Aloia said in a news release. "Dr. Boggess will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the position that she has garnered as a faculty member, division chair and interim VPAD. She has a great love for Concord and a genuine understanding of its mission. She is an excellent selection. Concord University will be well served, and I will look forward to working with her during this transition in the leadership change."

The board also voted to increase tuition by 5 percent and increase room and board by 1.75 percent, translating to an additional $143 per term in tuition and fees and $65 per term for room and board for full-time, in-state students. The increases will take place this fall.

"We are sensitive to the impact of increasing fees on our students and we will continue to work diligently to find operational efficiencies," said Charles Becker, vice president for business and finance.

The board of governors will meet again May 11 to discuss, among other things, the presidential search process.