LORMAN — The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has chosen Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. as president of Alcorn State University.
“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead Alcorn State University,” said Rankins. “I look forward to working with the ASU family to build a university that is a shining example of how to be student-focused, supportive of faculty, responsive to the needs of business and a source of pride for all alumni.”
An Alcorn State University alumnus, Rankins currently serves as deputy commissioner for academic and student affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning. He served as acting president for Mississippi Valley State University for one year, beginning in November 2012.
A native of Greenville, Rankins holds an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from Alcorn State University and a master’s degree in weed science and his doctorate in weed science, both from Mississippi State University. In addition to holding degrees in agriculture from land-grant institutions, Rankins has also worked at MSU, where he served as a tenure-track assistant professor, tenured associate professor, extension specialist and assistant vice president intern for academic affairs.
While at Mississippi State University, he taught several undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. His research on topics in weed science has been published in numerous refereed journals, educational outreach publications, newsletters, annual reports, bulletins and proceedings abstracts.
Rankins currently serves on the board of directors for the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television and University Press of Mississippi. He also serves on the Mississippi Commission for College Accreditation and as secretary-treasurer for the Mississippi Association of Colleges. He also holds membership in a number of other professional and honorary societies, including Weed Science Society of America, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and the Southern Weed Science Society.
He is a member of the Metro-Jackson Alcorn State University Alumni Association, the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association and the Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Alumni Association.
Rankins and his wife, Juandalyn, have two children, Aftyn and Alfred.