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The Pandemic's Toll

Death of a President

The new president’s Jeep Cherokee, with its out-of-state tags, wasn’t in its usual campus parking spot. It took Kengie Bass several days to notice. At first, the dean of the general college at Saint Augustine’s University wondered if the president was out of town, raising money. Maybe he was working from home. On a nice day, Bass speculated that he had started walking to work.The new president was Irving Pressley McPhail, and he had big plans for the private, historically black university in Raleigh, N.C. But when a meeting about the university’s strategic plan was postponed, Bass started to wonder.
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