Dr. Jerryl Briggs, president at Mississippi Valley State University Credit: MVSU

The search for a new president of Mississippi Valley State University is in motion.

Members of the Institutions of Higher Learning Board Search Committee will hear from students, alumni, administrators and faculty members in a series of Campus Listening Sessions on Thursday, Oct 12.

“We are committed to finding the right person to lead Mississippi Valley State University, so it is very important that we hear from all members of the campus community,” said Trustee Shane Hooper, Chair of the MVSU Board Search Committee.

The discussions will center on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should possess.

“I hope that all students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the surrounding community will join us and let us know what type of leader they want to see in the next president.”

The sessions will be held on its campus in Itta Bena.

3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.StudentsBusiness Education Building/Auditorium
3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.AdministrationBusiness Education Building/Auditorium
4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Break
4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.Faculty & StaffBusiness Education Building/Auditorium
5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Break
5:15 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.Alumni & CommunityBusiness Education Building/Auditorium

Dr. Jerryl Briggs was named acting president of Mississippi Valley State University in June. Briggs currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the university.

Briggs succeeds Dr. William Bynum at Valley. Bynum was selected as the new president of Jackson State University by the board on May 31. Bynum’s official start date at Jackson State was July 1.


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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.