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.”

Jackson State, Ole Miss create plan to increase diversity among pharmacists

Beginning this fall, Jackson State University’s department of biology will partner with the University of Mississippi to give qualified JSU pre-pharmacy students preferred admission status to the UM School of Pharmacy. “It’s a win-win,” said Timothy Turner, chair of the department of biology at Jackson State University in a statement released by the university. “It is a tremendous opportunity for our students to enter directly into one of the numerous career choices within the field of pharmacy. While at the same time, this collaboration will also increase the cultural diversity within the field of pharmacy in this state and throughout the country.” 

For admission consideration, pre-pharmacy students at Jackson State will be required to complete established pre-pharmacy courses, have high academic performance and demonstrate a record of service activities. Those who meet the requirements will be admitted to the preferred admission program after the first semester of their freshman year. Once students from the program are admitted, they will be on track to graduate on time and will be held to the same academic standards as all Ole Miss pharmacy students.

Hinds Community College ‘warned’ for financial status

Hinds Community College has officially been warned. That is, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges’ board voted to place the college in Raymond on “warning” status. “The Commission’s decision to issue this warning to the institution has no bearing on our daily operations; it will not affect federal funding, including financial aid available to students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse in a statement. 

The SACS website states that a warning often, but not necessarily, precedes probation. An institution may be placed on warning or probation for noncompliance with any of the core requirements or significant noncompliance with the comprehensive standards. Muse attributes the current financial challenges to reductions in state appropriations and economics factors that have created a strain for all the state’s community colleges.