Hank Bounds, former Pascagoula school superintendent and principal, named president of University of Nebraska

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — An administrator who worked to boost enrollment and state funding for Mississippi’s universities was chosen Monday to be the University of Nebraska’s next president. The Board of Regents voted unanimously to […]


Hank Bounds, former Pascagoula School District Superintendent, among 4 finalists for University of Nebraska president

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The official who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009 is one of four finalists for the University of Nebraska presidency. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds, a former principal at Pascagoula […]


Alcorn State’s Brown resigns amid investigation

By JEFF AMY The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced Thursday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank […]


Mississippi university could get first black chief

More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state’s higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi’s historically white public universities to be led by a black man.

College Board officials said this month that they want Dr. Rodney Bennett, the University of Georgia’s vice president of student affairs, to become the next president of 16,000-student USM.

Bennett was chosen from among three finalists by the board that oversees all eight public universities. Assuming campus interviews go well, Bennett will likely be named to the post Thursday, Feb. 7. […]


JSU president Meyers responds to opposition to expansion into Madison

By Lonnie Ross

Online Editor

Jackson State University (JSU) President Carolyn Meyers held a news conference to discuss the institution’s plans for an expansion location in the city of Madison.

Meyers said JSU’s entire community is “excited” about the project as it is an opportunity to continue to address the educational needs of the Jackson-metro area. The campus will accommodate non-traditional students by offering evening, weekend and online courses.

However, not everyone is excited about the planned expansion. Tulane University issued a letter to Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds and the College Board asking the board to rescind the approval of JSU’s plans to open a Madison campus this summer…. […]