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College Board Picks Presidential Candidates at States Two Largest HBCU’s

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 22 Nov 2010 12:04pm | comments
Members of the ASU and JSU presidential search committees announce top candidates

Mississippi's two largest historically black universities could soon have new leaders. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports they are sure to face economic and other tough challenges.

Over the past few years Jackson State and Alcorn State Universities have faced intense budget cuts, tuition hikes and teacher layoffs. But even in these economic times of unrest, College Board member Amy Whitten says Dr. Carolyn Meyer's and Dr. Christopher Brown are the perfect candidates to lead JSU and ASU respectively.

"Both of them see these challenges as much as opportunities to define the future of the schools as they do as obstacles and you can either be a glass half full person or a glass half empty and both of these choices are very positive."

Even though Meyer's, a past president of Norfolk State University won't actually visit the JSU campus until next month, Senior Social Work student, Ayika Foster, says the talk of Meyer's possibly becoming JSU's newest president, is generating quite a buzz around campus.

"Post Mason, post Mclemore so she does have a very difficult job to fulfill and you know she has to gain the acceptance of the students the faculty staff so hopefully you know she's ready to energize, re motivate and re energize the campus."

ASU's preferred presidential candidate Christopher Brown, is the current executive vice president at Fisk University. If confirmed, ASU search committee member Stephen McDaniel says Brown would be a perfect fit because of his extensive experience as a research scientist and teacher.

"Some of the great educators in this state and across the nation was educated at Alcorn State University. To have a CEO who has the full understanding for how important that base is...but what inspired me is his tremendous capacity to be an eloquent communicator."

Brown will visit the Alcorn campus later this month. While both candidates must receive a final vote from the College Board they could each be in their new positions by the first of the year. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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Members of the ASU and JSU presidential search committees announce top candidates


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