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Trustees start looking for new Jackson State president

College Board Trustee C.D. Smith of Meridian will lead the search for a new president of Jackson State University.

Board president Dr. Doug Rouse appointed Smith Thursday, naming all other trustees as members of the board’s search committee.

Smith says he plans to name a campus advisory committee in coming weeks. Trustees plan to hire a consultant to run the search and meet with campus groups. A new president won’t likely be chosen for months.

Carolyn Meyers resigned from the presidency of the 10,000-student university last month after trustees named an accounting firm to oversee JSU’s finances, citing dwindling cash reserves.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige is serving as interim president but isn’t eligible for the permanent post under trustee rules.

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