UPDATE: McLemore chosen as Jackson State interim president

JACKSON — The state College Board on Thursday chose retired professor Leslie Burl McLemore to serve as interim president of Jackson State University after President Ronald Mason Jr. departs at the end of June.

Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said he recommended McLemore, 69, because of his management skills.

McLemore has worked at JSU for 39 years, serving as a political science professor, dean of the graduate school and director of the office of research administration.

McLemore retired from JSU in 2009, but he’s the director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, which is housed on the campus.

Bounds also said he’s close to making a recommendation for a temporary replacement for Mississippi University for Women President Claudia Limbert, who also leaves in June.

He said the announcement could be made at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting next month or sooner.

The Associated Press