Former WSSU Chancellor dies at age 77

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Douglas Covington (Courtesy: WSSU)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former Winston-Salem State University Chancellor died last Wednesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Douglas Covington who served as WSSU’s chancellor from 1977 to 1984, is remembered for his efforts of increasing scholarships for students and advocating for higher salaries for faculty members, according to the paper.

In 1995, Covington served as president of Radford University, distinguishing him as the “first African-American to lead a predominately white public-college in Virginia.” Covington retired in 2005.

Covington died of natural causes and his funeral was held Saturday, in Radford, Virginia.

Source: The Winston-Salem Journal

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