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Preferred candidate named for Alcorn State U. President

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Who better to serve Alcorn State University than an Alcorn State alum?

Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr. has been named the preferred candidate to become ASU's new President by the Institutes of Higher Learning Board Search Committee.

"I'm very excited about the chance to come home," he tells us. 

Dr. Rankins would inherit the job from Christopher Brown, who resigned in December amid accusations of spending irregularities. Rankins says funding issues are a challenge at the University.

"But I think we have a lot of momentum. We're doing very well at Alcorn. There are things we can improve," he says. "My philosophy is to go in and evaluate. I'm not walking in with preconceived ideas of changes. I'll evaluate every unit."

Rankins currently manages a $14 million budget as IHL's Deputy Commissioner of Academic Affairs. He also served a year as acting President at Mississippi Valley State University.

Rankins is not ASU President yet. He has a few more hurdles to jump.

"He still has to go to campus, faculty, staff, students, alum, community members, all those folks interview him basically. He'll have a marathon of a day," says IHL Commissioner Dr. Hank Bounds.

That day is Tuesday, March 4. And at the end of that day, he might officially be wearing the title.

"Students will be the focus for me at ASU. Students are why the University exists. We want to make sure our students have a great academic experience," he says.

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