The state College Board has named Donna Oliver as its choice to lead Mississippi Valley State University, a historically black college in Itta Bena.
Oliver is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mississippi Valley State has been without a permanent leader since former president Lester Newman resigned in July 2007. He stepped down after the faculty criticized his leadership style and called for his dismissal.
The board kept the selection process secretive and didn't name any of the top candidates until Monday. As the preferred choice, Oliver will meet with faculty and staff before the College Board gives final approval.