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Board names Briggs as President of Mississippi Valley State University

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The Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees has named the newest president of Mississippi Valley State University. 

The spot goes to Dr. Jerryl Briggs who has been serving as Acting President sine June 15th.

Dr. Briggs has been appointed after former president Dr. William Bynum took the position as President of Jackson State University. Dr. Briggs has previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating officer.

“Mississippi Valley State University is on an upward trajectory,” said Trustee Shane Hooper, Chair of the Mississippi Valley State University Board Search Committee. “Dr. Briggs has played an integral role in creating this momentum on campus and we have full confidence that, under his leadership, this will continue.”

According to the IHL the campus is on a good trajectory. Enrollment is solid. From fall 2013 to fall 2016, MVSU has seen an increase in enrollment each year for a total change of 11.4%. The university is also in good financial shape. In the past four years, the university’s cash position has improved by 47 percent. The days of cash on hand have improved by 65 percent, from 63 days of cash on hand to 105 days.

“Dr. Briggs has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills as Acting President and Executive Vice President at Mississippi Valley State University,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Having honed these skills over many years in higher education, he has developed a student-centered approach that puts a laser focus on enabling student success. His experience and skill set, coupled with an understanding of the university and the Delta gained since coming to the university, make him ideally suited to lead the university into its next chapter.”

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