Administrators at Jackson State Take on Additional Duties to Help the University’s Bottom Line

Historically black Jackson State University in Mississippi, along with all other state universities in Mississippi, are facing a reduction in state appropriations of about 3 percent. For Jackson State, this could create an $11 million budget shortfall.

As a result, the university has called off searches for the vacant positions of provost and vice president for finance. Felix Okojie, vice president for research at Jackson State, will take on the additional duties of the provost’s office. Willie G. Brown, who now serves as vice president for information management, will also oversee the finance office. The consolidation of duties is expected to save the university more than $300,000 a year.