JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named a new president of Mississippi Valley State University Thursday in Jackson.
Dr. Jerryl Briggs was named president after serving as Acting President of the University since June 15, according to a press release from Mississippi Public Universities. Briggs 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 release, Briggs has helped to reestablish the University College model at the university, which led to successfully improving the University's retention rate by 10 percent for fall 2014 and 12 percent for fall fall 2015. Briggs also helped to increase overall university enrollment and managed a $17 million capital improvement project for the university's athletic complex.
It is indeed an honor and blessing to be named the 8th President of Mississippi Valley State University," Briggs said. "I would like to thank search committee chair, trustee Shane Hooper and the entire IHL Board for having the confidence in me to lead Valley. I would also like to thank our Valley family for their support and encouragement, and we will surely continue to keep Valley In Motion."
Dr. Briggs earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry education from Xavier University of Louisiana, his Master of Arts degree in human relations and supervision from Louisiana Tech University, and both an Educational Specialist degree in higher education administration and doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He also completed Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management program.
"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."