By Chris Kieffer
JACKSON – Tupelo’s Aubrey Patterson will begin a one-year term next month as president of the state College Board.
Current board president Bob Owens passed his gavel to Patterson at the board’s meeting on Thursday. Patterson officially assumes the presidency Feb. 1.
Patterson recently retired as chairman and chief executive officer of BancorpSouth. He has served on the College Board, officially known as the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, since 2004, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.
Patterson’s term as president and his term on the board both expire on May 7, 2015.
“I look forward to continuing to work toward our goal of increasing educational attainment in Mississippi with my fellow Board members, university leaders, elected officials and the business community,” Patterson said in an IHL press release. “I appreciate the leadership Trustee Owens provided to the Board.”
Patterson served as vice president of the board during Owens’ term. Trustee Alan Perry of Jackson will serve as vice president during Patterson’s term.
Owens of Terry also was appointed by Barbour in 2004, and his term also expires in May 2015.
“I have enjoyed leading the Board and feel proud of the strides we have made in the last year,” Owens said in the press release. “Trustee Patterson is a proven leader, and I am certain the leadership he provides to the Board will have a tremendous impact on higher education in Mississippi.”