UPDATE: Rhodes will become the interim state superintendent

Retired Deputy State Superintendent of Education Judy Rhodes will become the interim state superintendent if Hank Bounds becomes commissioner of higher education. The state Board of Education made the announcement after a lengthy closed session this afternoon. Rhodes is currently the executive director of the Mississippi Professional Educators.

Bounds last week was named as the preferred candidate by the state College Board to oversee the state’s eight universities. The board will vote to make his appointment official if things go well in meetings next week with university constituencies.

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