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Mississippi names first African American higher education commissioner

By Robin White Goode,

Last week it was announced that Mississippi’s Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named an African American to the position of state’s commissioner of higher education.

Alfred Rankins Jr., a former deputy commissioner and current president of Alcorn State University, will assume the position July 1.

“My top goal is to increase support for our universities and continue to broaden the message on what a great value our universities offer the state and this nation,” Rankins is quoted as saying in an online Clarion-Ledger article reporting on the announcement.


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