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UPDATE: HBCU School’s president has died after 3 months in role due to covid-19

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail
Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail(Saint Augustine’s University Facebook page)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 8:08 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The chairman of the board of trustees of a historically Black college in North Carolina says the school’s president has died from complications of COVID-19.

Saint Augustine’s University announced on social media that Irving Pressley McPhail died Thursday, three months after taking the job.

Board of Trustees Chairman James Perry said McPhail contracted the virus away from the east Raleigh campus, adding that one person he had been in contact with tested positive. Perry said that person has recovered and returned to work.

The school says a search for a new president will begin immediately.

A historically Black college in North Carolina says the school’s president has died three months after starting his tenure.

Saint Augustine’s University announced Irving Pressley McPhail’s death Thursday night in a post on their Facebook page. A cause of death was not released.

McPhail started his role with the university, which is located in Raleigh, on July 15. The post said he had "made a memorable and positive impact'' during his short time in the role.

The school says the university’s vice president will serve as interim president.

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