College Board names Delta State presidential pick

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — College Board officials say William “Bill” LaForge is their nominee to be president at Delta State University.

LaForge is currently a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. A native of Cleveland and graduate of Delta State, his father was a professor of history there.

LaForge will meet with campus groups in Cleveland, Miss. on Thursday. After a campus tour, the board typically votes to confirm its preferred candidate.

Board members held closed meetings in recent weeks to interview seven candidates recommended by a campus search committee.

John Hilpert, who has led the 4,800-student school since 2003, announced his retirement last year. He’s the longest serving president of a public university in Mississippi.