The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously Thursday to appoint former Southwestern Athletic Conference president, Dr. Norris Edney, to serve as interim president of Alcorn State University.
Dr. George Ross, 58, will step down as Alcorn’s 17th president Feb. 5 to accept a new position as president of Central Michigan University.
Ross has served at Alcorn since January 2008. The Board has not established a time line for the search process for a new president.
“Most of my career has been spent at Alcorn State University, so this is a very exciting opportunity,” Edney said. “I look forward to serving in this role as the Board proceeds in finding a permanent replacement.”
Edney has held multiple positions at Alcorn, including dean of graduate studies, dean of the school of arts and sciences and chairman of the department of biology. He also served as the SWAC president from 1979-1984.