Bristow left road map for new leader

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Clinton Bristow’s vision drove Alcorn State University for 11 years.

The university’s former president set the standard, outlined the goals and created the catch phrases that have led his school into the future.

Historically black, the university now has numerous white students. Excellent teaching and nursing programs at the university were joined by a masters of business administration degree.

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Bristow created the roadmap and paved much of the way. But his work was left unfinished.

Since his unexpected August death staff and students at the school have carried on without him and without a permanent leader.

That may be about to change.

The State College Board has picked a “preferred candidate” — George Ross.

The Alcorn community doesn’t yet know much about Ross. He’s a Utica native, currently working as vice president of finance and administration at Central Michigan University.

The State College Board thinks he’s the right fit. Now it’s up to Alcorn to decide.

Ross will be on campus Tuesday. He’ll meet with selected groups of faculty, staff and students for a series of interviews.

Ultimately, the Alcorn family will make a decision on Ross.

Either way, the next Alcorn president has big shoes to follow, but luckily, the office comes with a roadmap.

Great leaders know how to build on what’s already there