Trustee C. D. Smith of Meridian is the new chair of the board committee tasked with conducting the search for a new president to lead Jackson State University. Douglas W. Rouse, IHL board president, announced the appointment during Thursday’s monthly meeting. Dr. Rod Paige will continue serving as interim president of JSU until the next president is named. Former JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyers submitted a letter of resignation to the board effective Nov. 1. For detailed information on the steps of the presidential search, visit

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Ashley F.G. Norwood

Ashley F. G. Norwood, a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi.