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Alcorn State University President Passes Away

Just two days before classes were scheduled to begin here at Alcorn State University, the school's president Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. was found dead on a campus track Saturday evening around 9.

"He has done a lot of good things at the university both academically and physically," said president of the Gulf Coast Alcorn State University alumni chapter Roger James.

Roger James, who is the president of the Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University, says Dr. Bristow traveled to South Mississippi on numerous occasions to address the roughly 125 former graduates in Pearl River, Hancock, and Harrison counties.

James says he saw improvements to the campus under Bristow's leadership.

"He had such a terrific relationship with the student body and there have been some major buildings that have been erected there at the university," said James.

Since being named president of the historically Black university in August of 1995, 57-year old Bristow has helped to increase the number of students seeking professional degrees at Alcorn.

He also had a hand in helping the school gain national attention for having a large number of Russian students.

Needless to say, he will be missed.

"I would like for the family to know that from the Alcorn family on the Gulf Coast that we're very, very sorry and we certainly have them in our prayers," said James.  

Bristow held degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

An autopsy is planned to determine how he died.

By Karla Redditte

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