GREENSBORO — A senior administrator at N.C. A&T has been named the first female president of West Virginia State University.

Nicole Pride will be the 12th president of the university. Her selection was announced Thursday.

Pride had worked in several roles since coming to A&T in 2010 from the private sector.

After serving as the university's chief communications officer and chief of staff to Chancellor Harold Martin, Pride has been A&T's vice provost for academic strategy and operations since 2018.

In that role, Pride oversaw several undergraduate programs, including A&T's honors program, ROTC, undergraduate research and several other offices that help students stay in school, graduate and find jobs or graduate programs after leaving A&T.

Pride graduated from N.C. State University and earned a doctorate in leadership studies from A&T in 2018.

Pride replaces Anthony Jenkins, who became president of Coppin State University in Baltimore last month.

West Virginia State is a public university of about 3,500 students located near Charleston, the state capital. It was founded in 1891 as a historically black college like A&T, but the school's student body is now predominantly white.

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