College Board starts MVSU presidential search

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON— After failing to attract a temporary leader for Mississippi Valley State University, the College Board has decided to look for permanent president for the Itta Bena school.

College Board President has named five board members, led by Shane Hooper of Saltillo, to look for a new leader for Mississippi’s smallest public university.

Valley has been without a president since October, when the College Board declined to renew Donna Oliver’s contract after four years.

Alfred Rankins Jr., the College Board’s associate commissioner for academic and student affairs, has been acting president since. The board tried to hire an interim president in January, but the candidate backed out. After that, board members said they were in no hurry to name a permanent president at Valley, saying the school needed administrative reforms.