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JSU, Alcorn pres candidates picked

JACKSON — Carolyn Meyers, a past president of Norfolk State University, was named Monday as the preferred candidate for president of Jackson State University.

If formally named president, Meyers would be the first woman to lead Jackson State.

The College Board also announced the selection of Christopher Brown, the current executive vice president at Fisk University, as the preferred candidate for president at Alcorn State University.

Meyers and Brown will now attend a series of campus meetings, leading up to a final vote by the College Board.

Alcorn State has been without a permanent leader since George Ross stepped down in February to become president of Central Michigan University.

Former JSU President Ronald Mason left at the end of June to take over the Southern University System, based in Baton Rouge, La. Former professor Leslie McLemore has been interim president.

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