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Virginia St. dean named new president of Fort Hays

Friday - 5/2/2014, 2:00pm  ET

HAYS, Kan. (AP) -- The dean of a business school at Virginia State University will be the new president of Fort Hays State University.

The Kansas Board of Regents announced Friday that Mirta Martin would become the ninth president of Fort Hays State, beginning July 1.

Martin has been dean of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State since 2009. She has held several leadership positions during her career, including special assistant to the chancellor and executive vice president.

Martin was one of five finalists for the job. She will succeed Ed Hammond, who will retire at the end of a June. Hammond led Fort Hays State since 1987 and is the longest-serving current president or chancellor in the state university system.

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