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1/17/2007 - Jackson, Miss.

During its regular monthly meeting, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) elected Dr. L. Stacy Davidson, Jr., as its next Board President, following the year-long term of current Board President Dr. D.E. Magee, Jr. The Board also elected Ms. Amy Whitten as its next Board Vice President. Trustees Davidson and Whitten will begin their one-year terms on May 8, 2007.


The Board also approved the implementation of the National Association of System Heads (NASH) Initiative of Access and Success, which focuses primarily on providing improved access to education, especially for low-income students and students of color. Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith serves in a voluntary capacity as president of NASH. “The intent of the initiative is to break the cycle of inadequate access to education to make sure every student has an equal opportunity for success,” said Commissioner Meredith. The voluntary initiative, conducted in partnership with The Education Trust, will bring Mississippi to the table with other state and national education leaders to discuss collaborations on critical action steps by identifying and mounting powerful action strategies.


In other business, the Board heard a presentation by Ms. E. Lander Medlin, Executive Vice President of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, on a Facilities Management Evaluation Program for future Board consideration.


Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, IHL governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.



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