- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Constance Bland has been named vice president of academic affairs at Mississippi Valley State University.

Bland’s appointment was announced by President William Bynum.

The new leader has worked at Valley since 1991, becoming chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences in 1999. Before that, Bland was an instructor of math and computer science at what is now Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale.

Bland helped develop a women in science and technology conference at Valley to encourage girls in grades 7-12 to consider majoring in Science, technology, engineering and math.

A native of Friars Point, Bland holds bachelors and master’s degrees in computer science and a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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