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The 12th President of Raleigh’s Saint Augustine’s University Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail has died from COVID-19.  The university made the announcement Thursday (Oct 15). McPhail had only been on the job for three months.

According to the university, McPhail had the virus a week and before he was admitted to the hospital. Officials say he was improving and was expected to recover. And then suddenly he took a turn for the worse and died.

Contact tracers determined McPhail did not get infected on campus.

University staff says McPhail was student-centered and was a true transformative leader. As the university began to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, university officials say McPhail was adamant about making sure students followed safety and health guidelines.

Dr. Maria Lumpkin will serve as Interim President.