West Virginia State University (WVSU) officials announced in a news release Feb. 18 they were saddened to learn of the death of President Emeritus Hazo W. Carter, Jr.
He was President of WVSU for 25 years from 1987 to 2012.
He was currently serving in the capacity of President Emeritus at the time of his death.
"Dr. Carter was a strong advocate of quality education and believed in the talents and abilities of our faculty and staff to provide West Virginia State students with the very best," WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill said. "On behalf of the entire State family, my wife Marisela and I extend our deepest sympathies to his daughter Angela and the extended Carter family who have time and again shown their love and commitment for this University.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Angela."
Carter was the ninth President of what was once called West Virginia State College in September 1987. During his tenure he began a 12-year quest to regain land-grant status.
According to a the same news release, under his watch West Virginia State was recognized as an 1890 land-grant institution. And with that distinction came additional funding so the university could carry out their mission.
In 2004, the institution of higher learner gained university status. West Virginia State University began to offer graduate degrees in Biotechnology and Media Studies
Carter was married to the late Judge Phyllis H. Carter and is survived by their daughter Angela, according to the same news release.