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Halifax College Picks New President

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WELDON, N.C. — A West Virginia educator has been chosen as the next president of Halifax Community College.

Ervin Griffin, the president of West Virginia State Community & Technical College, was named Monday by the Halifax board of trustees as their favored candidate. The selection still must be approved by the North Carolina Community College System board.

Halifax college officials said they expect to obtain state approval and negotiate a contract with Griffin in the coming weeks, so he would be on campus by mid-November.

Griffin replaces Ted Gasper, who was fired in January following an investigation into financial and management issues at the college. Harold Mitchell, the retired president of Roanoke Chowan Community College, has been serving as interim president of Halifax Community College in recent months.

Griffin has a bachelor's degree in teacher education from Bluefield State College in West Virginia, a master's degree in college student personnel services from Western Illinois University and a doctorate of education in community college education from Virginia Tech. He also completed postdoctoral studies in college management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration.

Gasper has denied the allegations against him and has sued to obtain the remaining money he claims the college owes him under his contract.

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