- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Valley State University will honor a 1964 alumnus with an honorary degree at its commencement Saturday.

The school is honoring Claude Perkins, who is retiring as president of Virginia Union University in July after a year on sabbatical.

Perkins was brought out of retirement in 2009 to lead Virginia Union, a private historically black university in Richmond. He’s credited with improving the university’s finances and increasing enrollment. Perkins was the first African American to serve as superintendent of Clark County schools in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also served as that state’s director of commerce.

Perkins will address graduates in two ceremonies Saturday. Mississippi Valley State expects to present bachelor’s and master’s degrees to 387 graduates.

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This story has been corrected to delete incorrect reference to Clark in 3rd paragraph.

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