No Contract Renewal For Mississippi Valley State U President

Monday, October 29, 2012

The state College Board has decided against renewing the contract of Mississippi Valley State University President Donna Oliver.

No reasons were given for the decision.

In a brief Friday afternoon statement, Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said Oliver will stay in her post until her contract ends on Dec. 31 and that an interim president will be named soon.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Bounds' statement was released the day after the College Board announced its decision to renew the contracts of the presidents at the state's other two historically black universities, Jackson State and Alcorn State. It also came hours after the MVSU Foundation Board announced its intent to hold a press conference Monday on the Itta Bena campus to support extending Oliver's contract.

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