INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University says Provost Charles Byers is retiring after 41 years of service.His last day will be June 30, 2014. The longtime education professor has held several leadership roles at the Institute school he attended in the 1960s.WVSU President Brian Hemphill says Byers is dedicated to maintaining high-quality faculty who provide a rigorous education that students can use to launch successful careers.After stepping aside, Byers will serve for one year as a senior adviser to the president. His responsibilities will focus mainly on the university's accreditation and a campus master plan. Byers is a Logan County native who grew up in West Dunbar. He got an art-education degree from WVSU, a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State and a doctorate from Kent State.