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Burnett named next president of William Carey University

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William Carey University, a private university in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Dr. Ben Burnett has been named the next president of William Carey University (WCU).

Current President Dr. Tommy King is retiring, the school announced on Tuesday, June 21.

Burnett will officially become the university’s 10th president on Aug. 16.

Dr. Ben Burnett, William Carey University

(L-R): Charles Pickering, vice chairman of the WCU board; Dr. Ben Burnett; and Dr. Jimmy Stewart, chairman of the WCU board. Source: William Carey University.

Burnett’s career in public education dates back to 1986. He retired in 2014.

He next became the dean of the WCU School of Education and was named executive vice president in 2020.

Open this link to read the school’s full announcement.

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Zac is from the Athens community in Monroe County. He's a graduate of Hatley High School, Itawamba Community College and Mississippi University for Women.

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