Virginia State U. President Will Resign Following Student Protests

In the wake of protests of declining enrollment and cuts in campus services, the president of Virginia State University, Keith T. Miller, will resign at the end of December, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The announcement followed a three-hour, closed-session meeting of the historically black university’s Board of Visitors. Harry Black, the board’s rector, reported the change, saying the college “should move in another direction strategically.”

One month ago, students gathered to protest budget cuts and to demand the resignations of Mr. Miller and two other top administrators. Enrollment was down 10 percent at the college this fall, causing cuts in services that resulted in larger class sizes and the closure of residence halls, among other things, students said.

Mr. Miller will remain a tenured professor and will keep his president’s salary—$356,524—for 12 months.

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