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Mississippi State to add additional fall, spring commencement
Mississippi State University is expanding its commencement ceremonies. Starting with this year's December graduation, the fall commencement will be divided into two ceremonies, while an additional ceremony will be added to the spring commencement starting in May 2018. "As our commencement ceremonies have reached capacity and knowing participation in the ceremonies will continue to increase, the Commencement Committee, after exploring several options, recommended to the provost and president that the university expand its ceremonies," said MSU Assistant Vice President for Enrollment John Dickerson.
 
Mississippi 4-H team wins at national event
The first Mississippi team ever to compete in the North American International Livestock Exposition came home with a first-place win in the evaluation division. The four-member team was an all-star group of 4-H members made up of winners of the premier exhibitors' competition at the Dixie National Livestock Show in February. The national event was held in Louisville, Kentucky, with teams from 19 states competing Nov. 13-15. Heather Jennings, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Rankin County, and Jennifer Williams, Extension agent in Lincoln County, coached the team. Funding and support came from the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Science.
 
Breen assumes permanent Stennis Institute leadership
Mississippi State alumnus Joseph J. "Dallas" Breen is the new director of the university's John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. Raised in Plano, Texas, he was an institute staff member who became interim head after P. Edward "Eddie" French became head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Both the institute and department are units of MSU's College of Arts and Sciences. Breen holds three degrees from the land-grant institution: a 2001 bachelor's in business administration, followed by a master's and doctorate in public policy and administration awarded in 2008 and 2014, respectively. His dissertation research focused on public safety employee motivation and disaster management response and recovery efforts in rural areas of the U.S. Established in 1976, the institute is among several permanent MSU memorials to the prominent alumnus and long-serving U.S. senator from DeKalb. Stennis (1901-95) graduated in 1923 from what then was Mississippi A&M College.
 
Coast casinos are struggling to bring in revenue
If a 5 percent decline in casino revenue on the Coast in October seems steep, the losses in the river counties are twice as bad. Mississippi Department of Revenue reported Monday the 12 Coast casinos won $94 million from gamblers in October. That's down 5.4 percent from the $96 million in gross casino revenue in October 2016. It also puts total revenue this year at $998 million, or $10 million behind the same time last year and unlikely to catch up. The levels are $45 million below pre-Hurricane Katrina numbers in 2004. Revenue at the river casinos fell 11.5 percent from a year ago, chopping total casino revenue for Mississippi in October by 8 percent.
 
Bryant wants to follow law, set aside 2 percent of revenue
Gov. Phil Bryant is setting as a goal for the upcoming fiscal year to follow existing law and appropriate only 98 percent of projected revenue. While the law requiring 2 percent of revenue to be placed in reserves each year has been in existence since the early 1990s, it has been waived multiple times by the Legislature in the 2000s and 2010s with the consent of first Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and then by Republican Govs. Haley Barbour and Bryant. Going into the 2017 session, Bryant and the legislative leadership -- Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves -- agreed that the 98 percent rule would be followed. But at the end of the 2017 session, legislators, facing sluggish revenue collections, necessitating the need to make budget cuts, opted to set aside 1 percent instead of the mandated 2 percent.
 
Mississippi agencies sloppy on vehicle records, report says
Mississippi government agencies are doing a sloppy job of keeping records about vehicles they own, a watchdog group said in a report issued Monday. Bad record keeping hinders the management of the fleet of state vehicles and hurts legislators' ability to make objective decisions about how to spend tax money, according to the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The committee, commonly known as PEER, said it found "numerous instances of incomplete, missing, inaccurate, and questionable entries" about the fleet of state vehicles.
 
Report: Your private voter data, shared by Mississippi, is unsafe in national database
Names, addresses, birthdates and the last four digits of social security numbers shared by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office with a voter registration clearinghouse is susceptible to hackers, according to a ProPublica report. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann in 2009 began sharing Mississippians' personal data with the Kansas-based Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which was established in 2005 to identify possible duplicate voter registrations across state lines and provide evidence of possible double votes. The October ProPublica report highlights several security weaknesses within the Crosscheck program that leaves Mississippians' personal information vulnerable to hackers, including information being stored on insecure servers.
 
Mississippi's teacher shortage prompts proposed license flexibility
Mississippi school districts facing critical teacher shortages could soon meet state standards for qualified staff, at least temporarily, under a proposed licensing change. At its Nov. 9 meeting, the state Board of Education voted to begin modifications for a special license that has a number of requirements, including testing competent in certain subject matters. The modification would allow the state to issue a one-year license to teachers who hold at least a bachelor's degree in the subject area they want to teach. An aspiring history teacher who majored in history, for example, would qualify for the temporary license. Cory Murphy, director of educator licensure for MDE, acknowledged there's no guarantee that those qualifying for year one of the temporary license would eventually become certified.
 
Americans Say To Pass The Turkey, Not The Politics, At Thanksgiving This Year
Most Americans don't want their family members to pass along their political opinions while passing the turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving. According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 58 percent of people celebrating the holiday are dreading having to talk politics around the dinner table. Just 31 percent said they were eager to discuss the latest news with their family and friends, while 11 percent are unsure. That's a slight uptick from a year ago, when a CNN poll found that 53 percent said they were dreading having to carry on such a conversation, with 43 percent saying they looked forward to such a dialogue. That trepidation about broaching politics isn't coming from just one political party, but almost two-thirds of Democrats said they are, while only about half of Republicans were. (Fifty-six percent of independents also said so.)
 
New Trump Hotel Set To Open In Heart Of Mississippi Delta
Trump hotels are meant to exude a sense of luxury in some of the most exciting and exotic cities worldwide. Now the president's organization is due to open a new hotel -- this time in the heart of the blues-soaked Mississippi Delta. It will be the first in a new line of four-star hotels the Trump organization is creating called Scion. Merriam-Webster dictionary describes "scion" as a descendant of a wealthy, aristocratic, or influential family. Fitting, considering it's Trump's two sons -- Eric and Donald Jr. -- who are running the president's hotel business while he's in the White House. The new hotel will be in Cleveland, Miss.
 
For Republicans in upscale Alabama suburbs, Roy Moore presents a conundrum
Roy Moore, the 70-year-old former chief justice of Alabama, was not Ellen Tipton's ideal candidate for the U.S. Senate. Yet the longtime Republican and Trump supporter had reconciled herself to voting for the firebrand conservative -- until women began accusing him of sexual assault and unwanted overtures when they were teens. "All of those women are not lying," the 55-year-old executive assistant said as she ran errands this week at a variety store in Mountain Brook, a longtime Republican stronghold south of Birmingham. "He's an embarrassment to Alabama." Even before the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, campaign signs touting Moore were rare in Mountain Brook, a leafy area of Tudor-style mansions that boasts the state's richest ZIP code. Residents are wary of both Moore's long trail of controversy as chief justice and his incendiary comments. "While Trump had no problem carrying Alabama, I think Roy Moore has crossed a line, and even Republicans who reluctantly voted for Trump see this differently," said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
 
With technology, these researchers are figuring out North Korea's nuclear secrets
There were reports going around last month that North Korea had tested another solid-fuel missile engine, a type of engine that can be deployed much faster than the older liquid-fueled ones. Kim Jong Un's media outlets hadn't bragged about it -- as they had done previously -- so the experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies' nonproliferation center got to work. They figured that the North Korean rocket scientists would have used the same immovable concrete block they used for an engine test last year. Dave Schmerler -- a researcher nicknamed "Geolocation Jesus" by Jeffrey Lewis, who runs the center's East Asia program -- had quickly located the site of the earlier test. Technology is making it possible for open-source analysts to do the kind of work previously the preserve of intelligence agencies and, in the process, learn all sorts of things about one of the most impenetrable countries in the world -- one that wants to send nuclear-tipped missiles to the United States.
 
Grant to Help 7,000 Mississippians Finish College Degrees
Mississippians looking to finish their college degrees may receive a $500 one-time tuition assistance grant after the W.K. Kellogg Foundation donated $3.5 million to the Complete 2 Compete initiative. The program helps adults statewide see how close they are to receiving their associate's or bachelor's degree, based on courses they have taken in the past. The C2C program is for Mississippians who have been out of college for at least two consecutive years and are at least 21 years old. Eligible applicants could receive a $500 grant to help offset the cost of previous student debt, textbooks or tuition. "We are very grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for providing these resources," Dr. Glenn Boyce, the state commissioner of higher education, said.
 
Dr. Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton Named to Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame
The 2017 Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton, is the first female member and completes the first husband and wife team in the Hall of Fame. The Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame was created in 1972 to recognize the contributions of those who built and expanded the poultry industry into Mississippi's largest agricultural industry. Vizzier-Thaxton, former head of the Mississippi State University Poultry Science Department, retired recently from the Center for Animal Wellbeing at the University of Arkansas and returned to the Jackson, Miss. area. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from Mississippi University for Women and her Ph.D. from Auburn University in poultry pathology. She was married to the late Dr. Paul Thaxton, an MSU professor and pioneer in vaccination technology.
 
'Black Nativity' musical returns to Jackson State University
A holiday celebration is returning to Jackson State University despite budget and department cuts. The annual gospel musical "Black Nativity" will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the Rose McCoy Auditorium on JSU's campus. "If you like acting, singing (and) dancing, this is it," Dr. Mark G. Henderson said. "It's based on the poet Nathan Hughes' production of 'Black Nativity.'" Written in 1961, the annual production tells the Christmas story through gospel song, poetry and dance. Putting on the performance is one of many ways JSU gives back to the metro community. JSU announced in the spring a number of mergers and cuts to programs at the school. The Speech and Theater Department split and merged with other departments. Despite the changes, one of the Maddrama Performance Troupe's most popular event is back.
 
Millsaps senior selected as Rhodes Scholar; second in three years at the college
Noah Barbieri just added another accolade to his already impressive academic resume. After being awarded one of 62 Truman Scholarships nationwide in April, the Millsaps College senior recently was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Barbieri, a native of Belden, is studying economics, mathematics and philosophy, and he plans on using the award to attend the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. "I am absolutely shocked. It has been my dream to be a Rhodes Scholar since my senior year of high school," said Barbieri. "Even though I have been working towards it for a long time, I cannot believe it actually happened. I have big dreams of making a difference in the world. I know this scholarship can help me do just that, and I am hoping to make the most out of this opportunity."
 
Tulane School of Professional Advancement Mississippi Coast Campus Announces New Hires
The Tulane School of Professional Advancement in Biloxi has hired Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A. as assistant dean for student support and success and Ian August as admissions coordinator. Rodriguez has been director of student conduct at Tulane University since 2015. August previously was a senior admissions associate at Virginia College, He was born at Keesler Air Force Base and raised in Biloxi. August played football collegiately at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., before transferring to William Carey University in Hattiesburg, where he received his B.S. in Business Management.
 
McCaffrey, decorated Army general, to speak on leadership Nov. 29 at Auburn
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, a decorated combat veteran who held high-profile roles in the Pentagon and the White House, will discuss "Lessons in Leadership" during an open campus lecture hosted by Auburn University's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The event, free and open to the general public, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Foy Hall auditorium. McCaffrey's visit is another in a series of special events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Auburn University's founding of a business school. The Harbert College of Business was initially established as the School of Business in 1967. "It is a great honor to welcome Gen. McCaffrey to Auburn University, and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to students, faculty, staff and members of the campus community," said Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo Professor Bill Hardgrave.
 
Auburn University fraternity suspended
Auburn University now has one less fraternity on campus. The National Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Epsilon or "Sig Ep" revoked the Auburn chapter's charter effective immediately. This comes after an investigation by the national fraternity and the university found evidence of hazing, drug use and alcohol violations. This is all according to the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman.
 
'It's OK to be white' fliers appear on U. of South Carolina's campus
Fliers saying "It's OK to be white," part of a national effort by online message boards, have started appearing on USC's campus as of Monday morning. According to reports in The State and WIS, the fliers were first seen at Swearingen, 300 Main and the Coker Life Sciences building. USC student Vaidehi Gajjar tweeted a picture of one of the signs at 6:25 a.m. Monday, tagging University President Harris Pastides. The fliers have been put up at other campuses around the state and nation starting Oct. 31, from University California-Davis to Coastal Carolina University. USC released a statement to WIS stating that "As an open and public campus, we are not immune from such outside influences and activities -- fliers were found taped on several buildings this morning."
 
Preacher suing UGA students, officers for alleged civil rights violation
A preacher who had previously spoken at the University of Georgia's campus filed a lawsuit last month against two students and three police officers related to his arrest in 2016. The lawsuit discussed an incident in October 2016 in which the preacher, Ross Jackson, was arrested after striking a student with his elbow as he preached. Jackson was with his wife and children at the time, holding up signs reading "You deserve hell" and reportedly telling passing students they were "sinners" and "whores." Jackson also claimed in the lawsuit that the students and police officers were motivated in part by the fact Jackson is African-American, "and they knowingly and in concert acted to deprive him of his rights, equal privilege and immunities, and equal protection under the law."
 
Symposium at Texas A&M explores link between women's rights, national security
The notion that women's rights are tied directly to national security was at the center of symposium Monday hosted by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. "Women, Peace and Security: Challenges and Opportunities Amidst Global Change" brought together a variety of bipartisan representatives to discuss that link. Wrapping up the daylong discussion, Bush School professor Valerie Hudson stressed that research, data and rigorous analysis will be needed to ensure that skeptics understand that the importance of women's equality is not "politically correct fluff." Rather, as numerous speakers pointed to throughout the day, research shows that women's rights are critical to peacekeeping, stability and reducing political violence.
 
Full-time jobs in English and languages reach new low, MLA report finds
Job ads published with the Modern Language Association declined for a fifth straight year in 2016-17, reaching another new low, according to a preliminary report from the MLA. The association's Job Information List -- a proxy for the tenure-track (or otherwise full-time) job market in English and foreign languages -- included 851 jobs last year in English, 11 percent (102 jobs) fewer than the year before. The foreign language edition list included 808 jobs, or 12 percent (110 jobs) fewer than the year before. The declines of the past five years bring the number of total jobs advertised to another new low, according to MLA, below the dip seen between 2007-08 and 2009-10.
 
Thanksgiving is a middle child, but deserves attention
Longtime Mississippi journalist Charlie Mitchell writes: "Confession: Much of what follows is recycled. But recycling is a good thing, isn't it? The thought being repeated is that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are a trifecta of holidays, all in a row. Bam, bam, bam. Thanksgiving, like a middle child, can get lost in the shuffle. Too, from a child's perspective, there are other reasons to consider Thanksgiving less than a big deal. Halloween involves costumes, mystery and asking people you don't know for candy. Christmas involves people you do know -- plus an obese elf -- lavishing you with presents. How can Thanksgiving -- with mushy stuffing, mushier casseroles and weird relatives as the main attractions -- compete with that? ...But think about it: Thanksgiving is important even if less-respected. As I write just about every year, nothing is more predictive of a happy life than whether one chooses to adopt an attitude of gratitude."


SPORTS
 
Egg Bowl 'is not just another game'
There is a different buzz around Mississippi State's football complex when Egg Bowl week rolls around. The fact that this year's Ole Miss game falls on Thanksgiving only adds to the uniqueness of the annual in-state rivalry game. "It's not just another game, rivalry games just are not," said MSU coach Dan Mullen. "It's an important game for everybody." Mullen owns a 5-3 record in the Egg Bowl and his three victories over the Rebels from 2009-11 to start his head coaching career are what he used for a foundation for his program. "When I got here, that rivalry game was a big point for a lot of our fans and we built off of that," Mullen said. "We created a lot of excitement off that rivalry game. Now, we're looking to have our third nine-win season in four years. We've been able to change the program to where now we're a nationally prominent program with the expectation of being a top 15-20 team every single year."
 
For Mississippi State, an Egg Bowl win is another opportunity
When Jeffery Simmons saw a tweet during the summer that some Las Vegas oddsmakers predicted Mississippi State would finish 2-10 this season, he texted strength coach Nick Savage with a request. "I think you need to print this out and put it in everyone's locker," Simmons' message said. Those sheets of paper were in lockers the next day. "We took that and used it as motivation," Simmons said. "We knew we were going to have a great season. We knew what we were capable of." Mississippi State will not finish 2-10 this season. If the Bulldogs, who are favored by 16 points, beat Ole Miss at Davis Wade Stadium on Thursday (6:30 p.m., ESPN), they will be 9-3. "We're looking to have our third nine-win season in four years," Dan Mullen said.
 
MSU Notebook: Seniors play vital role in success
Mississippi State may have a relatively small senior class but most of those 13 players have experienced a great deal during their time in Starkville. The Bulldogs will bid farewell to Traver Jung, Gabe Myles, Donald Gray, Tolando Cleveland, Dez Harris, J.T. Gray, Kareem Vance Jr., Lashard Durr, Bennie Braswell III, Logan Cooke, Hunter Bradley, Martinas Rankin and Jordan Thomas during a pregame ceremony prior to Thursday's Egg Bowl against Ole Miss. "They came in early in their career on a team that was No. 1 in the country and competing for a national championship and a conference championship," said MSU coach Dan Mullen. "They've dealt with adversity going through a rougher season last year and the leadership these seniors have put the program back where we expect it to be this season as a top 15 team."
 
Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu 'fine,' will play against Mississippi State
Names continue to get added to Ole Miss' laundry list of injuries, but one of them isn't Jordan Ta'amu. The Rebels' quarterback took a hit near his throat in the first half against Texas A&M but is "fine" and will play in the Rebels' season finale Thursday against Mississippi State (6:30 p.m., ESPN), Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke said. Ta'amu never came out of last week's game but went just 7 of 15 passing for 51 yards with an interception in the second half of Ole Miss' 31-24 loss. Ta'amu said after the game he felt some dizziness and tried to drink as much water as possible once he got back to the sideline to clear his throat. After practicing Sunday, Ta'amu said all he was dealing with was the normal bumps and bruises. A&M came into last week's game leading the SEC in sacks, but Ta'amu said Mississippi State's blend of size and speed in the front seven makes the Bulldogs' defense different than anything he's seen so far this season.
 
Ole Miss, Mississippi State cadets exchange game ball before Egg Bowl
Ole Miss' ROTC and Mississippi State's ROTC met up in Calhoun City to exchange the Egg Bowl's game ball. It's a recently new tradition for the rivals. Ole Miss' cadets set out running from Oxford early Monday morning and met MSU's cadets around noontime in the meeting place, designated as the midpoint between the two schools. MSU's cadets then started running for Starkville to deliver the big game's ball. Both schools' fans are always excited. "This is my fourth year coming. I think it's a pretty big deal for Calhoun City so... Hail State every year," said Mark Lonlino.
 
Egg Bowl echoes both scrambled and fried
Mississippi sports columnist Rick Cleveland writes: "It is from an unbiased perspective I have viewed more Egg Bowls than I can remember -- more than 40 now. And I came late to the party. I grew up in Hattiesburg -- essentially on the campus of Southern Miss. When State annually played Ole Miss sometime around Thanksgiving, I often was watching USM play Louisiana Tech or Memphis State or some other rival. ...My first two jobs in Jackson were covering State for two years and then Ole Miss for two years at The Clarion-Ledger. I saw the rivalry from both sides -- and both sides consistently insisted how despicable the other side was. It quickly became apparent that both sides feared losing the game as much as they anticipated winning it."
 
Who's the best college football player in Mississippi? Conerly Trophy finalists revealed
Players from Mississippi's "Big 3" highlight this year's finalists for the 22nd presentation of the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which goes to the state's top collegiate player. Southern Miss running back Ito Smith, Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown and Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald are joined by Alcorn State running back De'Lance Turner, Belhaven quarterback Hunter McEachern, Delta State running back Chris Robinson, Jackson State linebacker Shawn bishop, Millsaps linebacker Jacob Kendall, Mississippi College defensive back Chris Manning and Mississippi Valley State defensive back Mark Pegues. A panel of sports media will select the winner after a six-day online fan vote, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
 
Abdul Ado's double-double lifts State over Green Bay
Mississippi State's shots simply weren't falling from the perimeter Monday night. Luckily for the Bulldogs, they had a go-to weapon inside it hasn't had: Abdul Ado. The redshirt freshman recorded his first career double-double in a 77-68 victory over Green Bay to remain unbeaten at 3-0. Ado had 12 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. Six of his boards came on the offensive end and he came out of the gate with eight points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in his first eight minutes. "He's a pretty exceptional athlete for a guy 6-foot-10, 250 barefoot," said MSU coach Ben Howland. "In those shoes he's like 6-11 with his length at 7-5. This guy is an NBA athlete, big time." State hosts its third game in five days Wednesday when Stephen F. Austin travels to Starkville for a 7 p.m. tip.
 
Abdul Ado gives Mississippi State something it didn't have last year
The way Ben Howland talked about him in the preseason, you would've thought Abdul Ado was some fictional created player out of a video game and not an actual member of Mississippi State's basketball team. Howland called Ado the team's best rebounder. And best shot-blocker. And best defender. There was one problem, which only added to the joke of whether or not Howland had conjured Ado's existence: the center hadn't even played a game yet. He redshirted last season because he was academically ineligible and missed this season's opener because of a quad injury. Ado is real. He is also healthy. And on Monday night, it was easy to see why Howland gushed over Ado so much.
 
Hard work pays off for Zion Campbell on Mississippi State women's team
Hard work pays off. Something that sounds so simple can be so vexing. Repetition can lead to boredom and doubt whether the time and investment is producing results. That doubt can become concern when a player puts in the time every day in practice and sees little "reward" in games to showcase the skills she has worked on. Zion Campbell has a message for the first-year members of the Mississippi State women's basketball team: Keep pushing. Campbell showed Thursday night her work in the offseason and in the preseason is paying off, as she had career highs of 13 points and 11 rebounds in No. 7 MSU's 106-50 victory against Georgia State at Humphrey Coliseum.
 
Dak, Cowboys at crossroads
The Dallas Cowboys may not have any realistic playoff hopes remaining by the time suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott returns for the final two games of the regular season. If the defending NFC East champs are to stay in the postseason picture, they probably have to win at least three games without last year's NFL rushing leader, who has four games remaining in a six-game ban for alleged domestic violence. The Cowboys (5-5) have been outscored 47-0 in the second half of consecutive losses without Elliott, including 30-0 by Philadelphia on Sunday night as the Eagles all but wrapped up the division title with a 37-9 victory. Dallas must make a quick Thanksgiving turn against the Chargers (4-6), followed by another Thursday game against NFC East rival Washington. "It's up to us to figure out what we want to do," said Dak Prescott, last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year out of Mississippi State.
 
Auburn announces search committee to find next athletics director
President Steven Leath's quest to find the athletics director who will replace Jay Jacobs at Auburn University will be assisted by a six-person committee as well as a search firm. The university announced Monday morning that board of trustees member Gaines Lanier will chair the committee, which also includes Kim Evans, Jason Dufner, Adrienne Lee, Beverly Marshall and Quentin Riggins. That group is charged with providing "critical analysis of applicant profiles" before making recommendations to Leath. Parker Executive Search in Atlanta will assist the school in identifying qualified candidates. "We're excited to see the high caliber of leaders interested in the position," Leath said in a statement released by the university.



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