RALEIGH, NC – The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Board of Trustees has announced the passing of the 12th President, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. President McPhail began his tenure on July 15, 2020. In the short time he was the University’s Chief Executive Officer, he made a memorable and positive impact in moving the University in the direction of being a “Learning Centered” campus.

Although the University has not immediately released details of his death, many sources, including ABC 11, has confirmed that McPhail was hospitalized over the weekend with COVID-19. It has been stated that the President tested positive for the virus more than a week before he was admitted to the hospital. He died from complications related to the virus.

Prior to becoming president at SAU, Dr. McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACAME), founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), president at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president at LeMoyne-Owen College. He also served as university provost and dean of academic affairs at Delaware State University, and chief operating officer at the Baltimore City Public Schools.

The University plans to keep all stakeholders informed of the details of public events and university memorial arrangements to honor the life and legacy of President McPhail. These detail will be published on the University’s website.

The Board of Trustees will be working internally to determine its next steps and the future direction of the University. Previous Interim President, Dr. Maria A. Lumpin, will return to serve, effective immediately.

The HBCU Campaign Fund organization mourns the loss of President McPhail and extends its deepest condolences and prayers to his wife, Dr. Christine McPhail; his children Dr. Kamilah McKissick and Mr. Ralph Bessard; other family and friends.