Three Finalists Named for Presidency at Southern University

The Southern University Board of Supervisors has narrowed the field of candidates for the presidency of the university from five to three candidates. The board plans to meet with each candidate tomorrow and announce its decision.

The presidential search committee evaluated each candidate and ranked them on their accumulated score. The search committee’s top candidate is Ronald Mason Jr., the current president of Jackson State University in Mississippi. Also under consideration are Leonard Haynes III, a senior adviser in the Office of Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and Robert Jennings, the former president of Alabama A&M University.