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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- The former president of Iowa's William Penn University has been named interim president of Mountain State University.

Board of Trustees Chairman Jerry Ice said Tuesday that the appointment of Richard Sours is effective immediately. He says three candidates were interviewed Sunday and Monday.

The board fired former President Charles Polk in January and took over operations.

The Beckley school has already lost accreditation for its nursing programs and is struggling to maintain its overall accreditation.

Evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission have cited major deficiencies and have given school leaders until June to show measurable improvement.

Sours most recently served as interim dean of Mountain State's School of Arts and Sciences.

He's also a former vice president of Virginia's Ferrum College.

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