CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Judge Phyllis Carter, acting director of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission and wife to former West Virginia State University president Hazo W. Carter, Jr., passed away, according to a statement from the university.
"This is a sad day for the State family, because Judge Carter's work made a significant and lasting impact across campus and throughout the community," WVSU president Brian Hemphill said in a prepared statement. "On behalf of the university, my wife Marisela and I extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Carter and his family."
Carter had been the acting director of the human rights commission since March 2011, according to a biography on the agency's website. Prior to that, she worked as chief administrative law judge for the commission. She also had been an assistant attorney general for West Virginia.
She chaired WVSU's History and Culture Committee and helped establish the Booker T. Washington Institute and the WVSU National Center for Human Relations, according to the university.