The board, which oversees Delta State and Mississippi's other seven public universities, plans a news conference to name the choice. After a campus tour, the board typically votes to confirm its preferred candidate.
Board members held closed meetings in recent weeks to interview seven candidates recommended by a campus search committee.
John Hilpert, who has led the 4,800-student school since 2003, announced his retirement last year. He's the longest serving president of a public university in Mississippi.
The College Board recently named Rodney Bennett as president of the University of Southern Mississippi. Only Mississippi Valley State University would lack a permanent leader if Delta State gets a new chief.