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Wofford College's 9th president passes away after battle with ALS

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Paul Hardin III. (Source: Wofford.edu) Paul Hardin III. (Source: Wofford.edu)
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The Wofford College community is mourning the loss of one of their own.

School officials say the college's ninth president, Paul Hardin III, passed away Saturday morning at his Chapel Hill home. He was 86 years old.

Dr. Nayef Samhat, president of Wofford College, released the following statement on Hardin's passing:

"The Wofford College community is saddened to learn of the death this morning of Paul Hardin III, our ninth president. We mourn his loss with his family and friends. Paul’s tenure as president at Wofford – 1968 through 1972 – was a time of enormous change on college campuses nationwide, and he served as a visionary leader who oversaw and directed Wofford’s transition into a leader among national liberal arts colleges. Paul championed more openness on campus, including an open speakers policy as well as guarantees for free student expression. He continued previous efforts to desegregate the student body, and he hired the first African-American administrator on campus. Those of us who have followed in his footsteps – Joe Lesesne, Bernie Dunlap and I – are deeply indebted to Paul and his wife, Barbara, for the roles they played in positioning Wofford for the 21st century and for building our culture of openness, tolerance and excellence in everything we seek to do. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Hardin family at this time."

Hardin was battling ALS, per a university release.

School officials say Hardin was the chancellor emeritus at the University of North Carolina.

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