JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Interim Jackson State University President Rod Paige says his main priority is to get the university’s finances in order, which includes hiring a chief financial officer.

Paige, speaking to The Clarion-Ledger Editorial Board (, said he is trying get his hands wrapped around issues at his alma mater, but the main financial issue is expenses currently exceed income at the approximately 9,000-student university.

He says that leaves two options: reduce expenses or expand revenue. Paige says no decision has been made yet on reducing expenditures, but he says a review is underway.

He also says he should have an interim CFO in place within two weeks.

The state College Board appointed Paige interim president on Nov. 1 after Carolyn Meyers’ resignation became effective.

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