- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) - Richard Shearer, the longest-serving president of Alderson-Broaddus University, has died. He was 95.

Alderson-Broaddus spokeswoman Ashley Mittelmeier says Shearer died on Monday at his home in Philippi.

Shearer served as Alderson-Broaddus’ president from 1951 until he retired in 1983. He as inducted into the Alderson-Broaddus Battler Hall of Fame in April along with his son, Richard Shearer, Jr.

Alderson-Broaddus says in a news release that its campus in Philippi grew from three buildings to 14 buildings under Shearer’s leadership. The university also added a variety of academic and athletic programs.

Shearer also is survived by two daughters, Patricia Wilson and Suzanne G. Jones.

The university says burial will be on Saturday in Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held in November at Alderson-Broaddus.

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