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Higher education commissioner plans 13-stop listening tour

July 14, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s new commissioner of higher education plans a listening tour to meet with students, faculty, staff and others.

Commissioner Al Rankins Jr. became the leader of the state’s eight public universities on July 1, taking over for the retiring Glenn Boyce. Rankins had been the president of Alcorn State University since 2014. Before that, he was a deputy commissioner of higher education and a professor at Mississippi State University.

Starting Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and Tupelo, Rankin plans 13 stops across the state. He says he plans to meet with small groups, as well as hold open forums and meet with alumni, community and elected leaders.

More information, including a survey on the university system, is available at http://www.mississippi.edu/tour .

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