Marshall University’s President Stephen J. Kopp Dies Suddenly

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Stephen J. Kopp, who oversaw $200 million in new buildings and renovations over nearly a decade as president of Marshall University, has died.

The Huntington, West Virginia, university announced Kopp’s death in a press release. It said Kopp became ill at home Wednesday and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 9 p.m.

Kopp, served as provost of Ohio University under President Robert Glidden from 2001 – 2004; he resigned soon after Roderick McDavis became president. Prior to arriving in Athens, Kopp was dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University.

Michael Sellards, chairman of the Marshall University’s Board of Governors, said the school had “lost one of the most dedicated and long-serving presidents” in its history.

The university’s leadership team planned to meet Thursday morning on its plans for continuity of operations.