New Alcorn St. president has leukemia

The new president of Alcorn State University, George E. Ross, is being treated for leukemia.

Central Michigan University officials said Ross is being treated at a Michigan hospital for an unspecified form of acute leukemia.

Ross, a native of Utica, was hired in April for the Alcorn job -- succeeding the late Clinton Bristow at the Lorman university.  Bristow died in August 2006 of a heart attack after 11 years at
Alcorn State.

Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education Thomas C. Meredith says, "We are deeply distressed about the news concerning Dr. Ross."  Meredith also says prayers are being offered in his behalf.