Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Contact: Ginny Painter, Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, 304-552-1287

Statement from Marshall University regarding death of President Stephen J. Kopp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - It is with great sadness that we announce that Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp passed away this evening following a sudden illness.

He became ill at home, was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital and was pronounced dead at approximately 9 p.m.

Michael Sellards, chairman of the university's Board of Governors, said, "We have lost one of the most dedicated and long-serving presidents in the 177-year history of Marshall University. We ask that you keep President Kopp's wife, Jane, and two children, Adam and Liz, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

"President Kopp has a strong leadership team in place and I'm confident that together, we can continue the business of the university in a manner that would make him proud."

The University's leadership team will meet first thing tomorrow morning to review the university's continuity of operations plans.

Arrangements will be announced when available.