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Virginia State University President Dr. Keith Miller stepping down amid enrollment concerns

Posted at 12:12 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 18:01:26-04

ETTRICK, Va. -- Virginia State University announced president Keith Miller would step down effective December 31.

A university press release indicated President Miller and Board Rector Harry Black "agreed that VSU should move in another direction strategically."

The announcement came after the Virginia State University Board of Visitors gathered Friday morning for a closed-door meeting on campus. No time for public comment was set aside for the meeting.

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"President Miller is to be commended for his integrity and putting the interests of Virginia State University and its students at the forefront of this difficult decision," Black said in a written statement. "The decision is in character with his dedication as a leader committed to service."

Last month a member of the Virginia State University Board of Visitors warned the university was facing financial trouble. Board member Terone Green told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he was speaking out in an effort to expose problems at the university that have led to the closing of dorms, dining halls cuts and decreases in enrollment.

An Interim President will be named in November. In January, a search firm will begin the process to find Virginia State's 14th president.