The College Board named Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig Mississippi’s higher education commissioner Thursday, bypassing a more extensive search.
Before becoming president of MUW in 2012, Borsig was the College Board’s assistant commissioner for governmental relations.
Meeting in closed session, trustees chose Borsig to succeed Commissioner Hank Bounds, who is leaving in April to become president of the University of Nebraska.
Board President Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo indicated in January that the board could bypass an interim commissioner and an extensive search, in part to bring a successor aboard before Bounds leaves.
A Jackson native, Borsig holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.
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