Bounds: MVSU president OK after other job search

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Clarion-Ledger that Mississippi Valley State University President Donna Oliver shouldn’t be affected by her unsuccessful bid for a college presidency in another state.

Oliver has been at Valley since 2009. She was one of three finalists to lead West Virginia State University, but didn’t get the job.

Cleavon Smith, president of the Valley alumni chapter in Tupelo, says Oliver is a good leader and he’s not concerned that she sought to leave.

In November, 14 of 17 members of Valley’s Faculty Senate issued no-confidence vote, blaming Oliver for a decline in enrollment, lack of faculty pay raises, low faculty morale and an anemic effort to raise private money. Oliver said the vote wasn’t representative of the more than 120 faculty members.