Deadline set for Alcorn State presidency applicants

Source: State of Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Trustees are setting a March 1 deadline for applications to become president of Alcorn State University, with the goal of choosing a new leader in April.

Applications should be submitted to Parker Executive Search, the firm the board is using to screen applicants

The College Board says members of a campus search advisory committee will examine applicants and suggest at least five names to a five-member trustee committee.

Trustees will choose which candidates are interviewed, with the goal of naming one preferred candidate. The board says it hopes the candidate could visit campus for a series of interviews in April.

Al Rankins Jr., Alcorn's previous president, became higher education commissioner July 1, overseeing the state's eight public universities. The historically black institution has 3,800 students.