JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former University of Southern Mississippi
President Aubrey K. Lucas has been named interim commissioner of
The state College Board made the announcement Friday. Lucas will
fill in until the board finds a replacement for retiring Higher
Education Commissioner Tom Meredith.
Meredith announced Wednesday that he would retire, a move that
followed after an embarrassing landscaping scandal that also
toppled Vance Watson, Mississippi State University's interim
Watson repaid the state more than $12,000 last week for
landscaping work at Meredith's home that was done in 2007 using
Mississippi State equipment and personnel. That amount also
included how much it cost to investigate the issue.