The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has set a Jan. 17 deadline for nominations for the search advisory committee for a new Jackson State University president.

Last October, former university President Carolyn Meyers resigned. On Nov. 7, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige, was named interim president.

In  a press release, the IHL board said it is seeking nominations for student, alumni, faculty, staff and community representatives for the search committee.

According to a press release sent from IHL, nominations may be submitted via an online form at or by mailing a letter of recommendation to ATTN: JSU Campus Search Advisory Committee, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

Both self-nominations and nominations of fellow members of the JSU campus community are encouraged, the board said.

For more information and to track progress on the presidential search, visit the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s Web site at and through Twitter @MSPublicUniv and @JSU_Search.

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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.