CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hazo W. Carter Jr., who served as president of West Virginia State University for 25 years, has died, the school announced Tuesday.
"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," Carter's replacement, President Brian O. Hemphill, said in a statement.
Carter became president in 1987 and retired in 2012, after the WVSU Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in Carter's leadership. Faculty members said at the time that they had no personal animus against Carter but that the university had stagnated under his leadership.
Carter was serving as the university's president emeritus. He was 67.
During Carter's tenure as president, WVSU made a number of notable accomplishments, including:
• Recovering its status as a land-grant institution, which had been lost in the 1950s, allowing it to receive more federal funds.
• Establishing master's degree programs.
• Becoming a university in 2004.