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College Board confirms LaForge as Delta State president

William “Bill” LaForge is the new president of Delta State University.

The College Board voted unanimously Thursday in a meeting in Cleveland to appoint LaForge as Delta State’s eighth president. The vote comes after LaForge met with campus groups.

LaForge is a 62-year-old Washington, D.C., lobbyist and former president of DSU’s alumni association.

He is a Cleveland native and his father was a DSU history professor.

LaForge is a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican. He has taught part-time college classes for 30 years and been a visiting law professor in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria. But he’s never worked full time for a university

LaForge earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi and master of laws from Georgetown University.

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