Mississippi College Selects Blake Thompson as New Leader
"Mississippi College’s new president, Dr. Blake Thompson, will lead the 5,200-student university beginning July 1. The Ohio State University vice president and secretary to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thompson will succeed retiring President Lee Royce, MC officials announced on May 14.
This promises to be a Mississippi homecoming for Thompson. He and his wife, Jana, are natives of the small Alcorn County community of Rienzi in North Mississippi. The Thompsons are both graduates of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Dr. Thompson earned his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences at Ole Miss in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s in that field on the Oxford campus in 1997.
First joining the Ohio State administrative team in 2009 and having served as a member of the OSU President’s Cabinet, President-elect Thompson should build on the notable accomplishments of the Royce Era, MC leaders say. Over the past 16 years, MC enrollment climbed, Royce strengthened school finances, orchestrated a facilities renaissance, and added stellar new programs. He enhanced the Christian university’s national reputation on the Clinton campus and at MC Law in Jackson."
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