UPDATE: Zacharias, ex-president of MSU, out of hospital

JACKSON — Former Mississippi State University president Donald Zacharias has been released from a hospital, days after falling and hitting his head.

Patrice Guilfoyle, a spokeswoman for the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said Zacharias was released either Thursday night or Friday morning. Citing patient privacy, she said UMC could not reveal details about his condition.

Roy Ruby, a former interim president at MSU, told the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday that Zacharias had fallen last week and hit his head. Zacharias has multiple sclerosis for more than a decade.

Zacharias was MSU president from 1985-97. When he retired, he was the second longest-serving leader of the land-grant university that was founded in Starkville in 1878.

The Associated Press