College Board names alumna to lead Alcorn State

Alcorn State President Felecia Nave (Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning)

It was a warm homecoming for Felecia M. Nave, unanimously named as the 20th president of Alcorn State University on Wednesday by Mississippi College Board trustees.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 6:41 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It was a warm homecoming for Felecia M. Nave, unanimously named as the 20th president of Alcorn State University on Wednesday by Mississippi College Board trustees.

The 44-year-old Nave is not only a 1996 graduate of Alcorn, but is also married to an Alcornite and is the daughter and niece of graduates.

"I can't even begin to describe the emotions that are going on and going off right now," Nave said at a news conference after trustees affirmed her as their choice. "It is truly an honor and a privilege to be able to come home."

Nave's return caps a swift rise through the academic ranks. After graduating from Alcorn, she earned a master's degree in chemical and environmental engineering and a doctorate in engineering, both from the University of Toledo in Ohio. From there, she went to work at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. There, Nave said she was applying to lead the school's honors program when a president tapped her for a bigger job, associate provost. Later, Nave became provost at Prairie View, which like Alcorn is a historically black institution. From there, she jumped last year to the same post at North Carolina Central University.

Nave succeeds Alfred Rankins, who left the Lorman campus to become Mississippi's higher education commissioner. Trustee Shane Hooper of Tupelo said Nave will get a four-year contract paying $240,000 a year, with $215,000 coming from state funds and $35,000 coming from private fundraising, pending approval of Alcorn's foundation. Nave said she's still negotiating a start date.

In sessions with faculty, students and university supporters on Wednesday, Nave laid out a vision of a university that will provide a comprehensive 21st century education, while remaining true to its agricultural roots and uplifting the rural areas of southwest Mississippi. Hooper, who led the trustee search committee, said surveys collected Wednesday after those meetings indicated an "overwhelming acceptance" of Nave's selection.

"She has outstanding academic leadership credentials and a demonstrated leadership record," he said. "She has a wealth of ideas on enrollment growth ... and a true love for the university."

After repeated turnover in the president's office, several Alcorn supporters expressed the hope that Nave would have a long tenure.

"We want to keep you as long as you want to stay," said Alfred Galtney, an Alcorn administrator who led a campus group advising trustees.

Alcorn faces challenges, including declining payments from a state legal settlement meant to make up for decades of segregation. Like Mississippi's other smaller public universities, its fortunes rise and fall on tuition revenue. Nave said repeatedly that one of her top priorities would be to increase revenue, donations, economic partnerships and online enrollment. She also said she wanted to make better use of Alcorn's branch campuses in Natchez and Vicksburg. She said she would focus on keeping students in school, making sure they graduate in four years and linking them to career opportunities and global experiences.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
Harrison18431317
Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
Lauderdale7261242
Lowndes6517150
Lamar635188
Lafayette6313121
Washington5425137
Bolivar4841133
Panola4670110
Oktibbeha466198
Pearl River4605147
Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425873
Monroe4157135
Union415777
Neshoba4063179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386987
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298589
Tippah291968
Prentiss284161
Leake272074
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264642
Grenada264087
George252251
Newton248663
Tishomingo231868
Winston230181
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127238
Amite126242
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108234
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson810031566
Mobile42105831
Madison35690525
Tuscaloosa26173458
Shelby25607254
Montgomery25081614
Baldwin21868314
Lee16278176
Calhoun14719327
Morgan14629285
Etowah14175364
Marshall12453230
Houston10781287
Elmore10293214
Limestone10179157
St. Clair10162251
Cullman9952201
Lauderdale9603250
DeKalb8972190
Talladega8460184
Walker7338280
Autauga7241113
Blount6945139
Jackson6932113
Colbert6413140
Coffee5635127
Dale4928116
Russell454841
Chilton4476116
Franklin431382
Covington4275122
Tallapoosa4138155
Escambia401680
Chambers3728124
Dallas3607158
Clarke353061
Marion3240107
Pike314378
Lawrence3133100
Winston283472
Bibb268564
Geneva257981
Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
Hale227278
Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
Crenshaw155957
Cleburne153444
Lamar146837
Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124342
Conecuh113630
Coosa111729
Perry108626
Sumter105732
Greene93634
Choctaw62125
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