IHL Trustee Shane Hooper

Institutes of Higher Learning board trustee Shane Hooper of Tupelo will lead the committee seeking a new president for Mississippi Valley State University.

Board president C.D. Smith made the announcement Thursday. All board trustees will serve as members of the search committee.

“I look forward to leading the search for the next president of Mississippi Valley State University,” said Hooper.

“I look forward to hearing from the Valley family about their thoughts on the future of the university.”

Dr. Jerryl Briggs will continue serving as acting president of Mississippi Valley State University until a new leader is named. Former Valley president Dr. William Bynum was appointed president of Jackson State University by the IHL board in May.

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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.