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St. Augustine’s University President Dr. Irving McPhail died Thursday night October 15, 2020. Irving was infected with the Coronavirus. St. Augustine’s University is a historically black college & university (HBCU).

Irving tested positive for the Coronavirus in October 2020.

A letter went out via university email on Oct. 12 under the letterhead of the St. Augustine’s Board of Trustees that said Irving was recovering from COVID-19. The university says Irving did not contract the Coronavirus on the campus of St. Augustine’s University.

Irving was a strong proponent of face coverings and social distancing. He was the school's 12th president and had just got the job in July 2020.

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