First student earns degree through Complete 2 Compete

Debra Harris of Grenada is the first student in Mississippi to earn a degree through the Complete 2 Compete Initiative. “I was speechless,” Harris said. Harris was awarded a bachelor’s degree in general studies with minors in English, business administration and computer science last month from the University of Mississippi. Harris hopes to use her degree to build a career in adult literacy. After Harris began studies at UM in 1977, her college career was cut short when she joined the Navy.

IHL trustee Hooper heads Valley’s presidential search

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.”