Acting leader backed for permanent Mississippi Valley post

Some Mississippi Valley State University alumni, faculty and students want the College Board to name a president without a full search.

Posted: Oct 18, 2017 8:05 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2017 8:05 AM

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Some Mississippi Valley State University alumni, faculty and students want the College Board to name a president without a full search.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports acting president Jerryl Briggs garnered prominent support Thursday at a meeting where trustees asked Valley supporters to discuss desired qualities in a president.

Briggs, previously chief operating officer, has run the 2,500-student school since William Bynum Jr. left in June to become president of Jackson State University. Briggs says he'd like to be president, and Bynum endorses him.

A trustee committee led by Shane Hooper of Tupelo is deciding whether the board will conduct a broad, months-long search, or choose a new president without a search. Board spokeswoman Caron Blanton has said Briggs wouldn't be eligible for the post if trustees open a broad search.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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