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Firms bidding to search for university presidents

JACKSON — Bids from seven executive search firms show that most think new presidents for three Mississippi universities can be found within four months.

The president’s job is open at Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi University for Women.

Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds told The Clarion-Ledger that he asked College Board members to take time to choose the right firm for each, to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the process.

The newspaper reports that an overview of the bids shows the state likely will spend a combined $120,000 to $200,000, plus expenses, on the three searches.

The board plans to interview people from all seven firms. That’s a new step. Bounds said he wants to find the best fit for each of three very different schools.

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