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Cheyney University Mourns The Passing of Former CU President Douglas Covington

July 2, 2012

H. Douglas Covington, former president of Cheyney University (1992-1995)

H. Douglas Covington, former president of Cheyney University (1992-1995)

Douglas Covington, a former president of Cheyney University and former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University known for raising money for student scholarships and pushing for higher salaries for faculty members, died last Wednesday in Radford, VA. He was 77.

Covington, a native of Winston-Salem, died of natural causes, said George Penn, the funeral director of Penn's Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va., which handled Covington's funeral arrangements.

Covington served as WSSU's chancellor from 1977 to 1984, succeeding Kenneth Williams, who retired in 1977. After leaving WSSU, Covington was president of Alabama A&M University and Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

In 1995, Covington became the first black person to lead a predominatly white public college or university in Virginia when he became president of Radford University. He held that post for 10 years before he retired in 2005.