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SUNO Chancellor Search Committee announces finalists

Friday, October 14, 2016
A Southern University System Board of Supervisors’ Chancellor Search Committee, charged with assisting the SU System with selecting a new chancellor for Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), announces two finalists for the position.

The final candidates are:

Lisa Mims-Devezin, interim chancellor, Southern University at New Orleans, has a bachelor of science in biology/pre-med from SUNO, a master of science in biology/microbiology and a Ph.D. in science/math education from Southern University Baton Rouge.

Boyce C. Williams, president and chief executive officer, The National Alliance of Learning, Incorporated, has a bachelor of arts from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), and a master of arts in urban counseling/psychology and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Michigan State University.

SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton will present the candidates for final interviews and consideration to the SU Board of Supervisors during its October meeting.

“I commend the search committee for their able efforts and commitment to the charge of identifying a potential leader for Southern New Orleans. As SUNO celebrates its 60th year, finding an ideal individual to lead the campus into the future is critical. Dr. Mims-Devezin and Dr. Williams are excellent candidates who possess the experience, knowledge, and vision to ably meet the challenge,” said Belton.

The 19-member search team, co-chaired by Charles Rice, chief executive officer, Entergy New Orleans, and Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor for community outreach and university advancement, SUNO, was charged with screening and recommending final candidates to replace Victor Ukpolo who stepped down June 30, 2016.
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