ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Jerryl Briggs will be the next president of Mississippi's smallest university.
College Board trustees voted in closed session Thursday to elevate Briggs, acting president at Mississippi Valley State University since June, to the post without a broad search.
Trustee Shane Hooper of Tupelo, who led a search committee, says the board chose Briggs because he's helped improve Valley's enrollment as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He and Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce made the announcement Thursday on the 2,500-student Itta Bena (IT'-uh BEE'-nuh) campus.
Some Valley alumni, faculty and students supported Briggs' elevation without a full search at a meeting with trustees last week.
Previous president William Bynum Jr. left in June to become president of Jackson State University. Bynum endorsed Briggs to succeed him.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.