Death of a President
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
No leader arrives with guarantees. But tapping Irving Pressley McPhail as Saint Augustine University’s new president was an exciting step. His long administrative career intersected constantly with issues of racial equity and student success, and the private historically black university in Raleigh, North Carolina, had ambitious goals for retention and graduation rates.
McPhail was a visionary who took charge of a college in a moment of crisis. Then he caught COVID-19.