Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II plans to announce new athletic personnel changes on Friday, February 24th immediately following the Heritage Luncheon of the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association Mid-Winter Conference at the Vicksburg Convention Center featuring luncheon speaker Congressman Bennie Thompson.
“Alcorn is devoted to comprehensive reform of the university’s athletic department,” says President Brown as he reviews the athletic director search committee’s reports and preferred candidate recommendations.
Co-chairs Dr. Norris Allen Edney Sr. and Percy Norwood Jr. led the search committee comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Members included Willie “Rat” McGowan Sr., Zelmarine Murphy, Henry Tucker, Nate Hughes, Dr. John Igwebuike, Emanuel Barnes, LLJuna Weir, Jerry Sims, Dr. Donzell Lee, E. Cheryl Ponder, Ian Francis (student-athlete), Jadtrl Heard (student-athlete) and Dr. Malvin A. Williams Sr. (ex-officio).
The committee identified top applicants with extensive experience, proven leadership abilities that demonstrate a strong commitment to the University’s core values of educating student athletes. All interviews were conducted on the Lorman campus and background checks were conducted for the final candidates.
“Alcorn is committed to excellence in athletics especially the academic success of our student athletes. Our new athletic director will insure that our programs, employees, and our student athletes achieve at the highest level and reach their greatest potential,” says President Brown.