Tomblin orders flags lowered for Hazo Carter

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and state flags at state facilities in Kanawha County to be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of West Virginia State University President Emeritus Hazo W. Carter Jr.

The 67-year-old died Tuesday and funeral services were scheduled for Saturday.

Carter had served as president of West Virginia State from 1987 until 2012. He was the state’s longest serving college president when he retired following a no-confidence vote by faculty. He remained at the Institute school as president emeritus.

During Carter’s tenure, West Virginia State was granted university status and regained its designation as a land-grant institution.

Carter began his career in higher education at Norfolk State University.

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