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Search for USM's next president to be narrowed later today

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

In Jackson today, the state college board will take the next step in its search for a new president of Southern Miss.

The college board meets at 2:00 this afternoon.  Officially, an IHL news release says the meetings purpose is for "discussing personnel issues concerning the search for the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi."

What WLOX News has learned is that the committee tasked with finding USM's next president has been gathering names and input from various sources.  Today, that committee will recommend which candidates will be brought in for interviews.

The college board hopes to name a new president in February.

The candidate chosen to lead USM will replace Dr. Martha Saunders.  She stepped down on June 30, 2012.  Since then, Dr. Aubrey Lucas has served as the interim president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

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