The Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted to officially accept Joseph Silver as the 13th president of the university during their board meeting Friday morning.

Silver, the current provost and vice president of academic affairs at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, was approved by a unanimous vote and will begin his tenure at ASU in September.

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Silver said his vision for ASU is to bring the university to the next level.

“We’re not trying to be the best in Montgomery, the best in Alabama, or the best in the Southeast,” he said. “Our goal is to make this the best institution in higher education, bar none.”

Silver said that plan required bringing ASU into the global market, something he intends to move toward immediately.

“We’re going to hit the ground running” he said.Current president William Harris said he had faith in Silver to continue his work at ASU.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Silver is fully capable of leading the university and not only continuing what we started, but refining it. We see a future for this university, but ours is not the only future,” Harris said.

Silver said that he believed ASU would achieve greater prominence in the future of higher education.

“I think this university is poised to do some great things,” he said.

“When people think about higher education and quality students, they’re going to get stung by a hornet.” Referenced from  Mont