- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Alfred Rankins Jr. takes over as the next president of Alcorn State University on Monday.

A formal investiture is expected to be held later.

The state College Board chose Rankins in February following an abbreviated search that became necessary after its former president resigned over a purchasing scandal.

Rankins was the only person interviewed for the job. He replaces, M. Christopher Brown II, who stepped down in December.


The 42-year-old Rankins is the former deputy commissioner of academic affairs at the College Board.

Rankins served for a year as interim president of Mississippi Valley State University, beginning in November 2012.

A native of Greenville, Rankins holds an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from Alcorn State and a master’s degree and his doctorate in weed science, both from Mississippi State University.