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Message from Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education

Lorman, Miss. (December 19, 2013) - Good afternoon. While change is not always easy, we all understand that it is part of life. Alcorn State University is a strong institution that has weathered many changes during its history and has always held firm to its mission of teaching, research and service. The close of this semester brings change to the university, but I have no doubts that the university will continue serving its students and community with the commitment and dedication that is such a part of the fabric of Alcorn State University.

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II stepped down today. The Board of Trustees and I appreciate his service to the university.

Dr. Norris Edney, former Interim President for Alcorn State University, will serve as Acting President, effective immediately. I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important role.

Board President Bob Owens will appoint a search committee and begin the search process in the very near future.

Alcorn State University does an excellent job of serving our state, particularly the residents of Southwest Mississippi. You have an important mission and play a vital role in our university system. I want to assure the faculty, staff, students and alumni that the Board is committed to moving quickly to begin the search process for the next President of Alcorn State University.

Thank you for your commitment to Alcorn State University and helping to write the next chapter in the institution’s history.

-ALCORN-

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.