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College Board could discuss new higher education leader

button_educationJACKSON — Mississippi could get a new leader of its higher education system soon.

The College Board is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to discuss personnel issues.

Board President Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo wouldn’t say Wednesday whether the board will discuss a successor Thursday to Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Under a 2013 board policy, members can choose a new commissioner or university president without using an extensive search process.

Patterson said in January that the board could name an interim commissioner, but wanted to move quickly, possibly hiring a permanent leader before Bounds leaves in April to become president of the University of Nebraska.

Five trustees are scheduled to leave the College Board in May, meaning their replacements would likely choose a permanent commissioner if an interim is named.



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