- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University is celebrating the life of its late president, Stephen Kopp.

A memorial service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Huntington campus. All classes will be canceled from 2 to 4 so students and faculty can attend.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also ordered state flags at the Capitol Complex and all state-owned facilities in Cabell County lowered from dawn to dusk Tuesday.

The 63-year-old Kopp died suddenly on Dec. 17 after being hospitalized for an illness.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved the appointment of one of its members, Gary White, as Marshall’s interim president.

White is leading the university while its board conducts a search for a permanent president. The search is expected to take up to nine months.

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