The president of Jackson State University in Mississippi was picked today to be the next president of the Southern University System.
Ronald Mason Jr. was selected on a vote of 14-2 by the Southern Board of Supervisors.
Mason was one of three finalists for the post. Leonard Haynes III, senior advisor in the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, got two votes for the job.
The selection followed interviews today of all three finalists. Also considered was Robert Jennings, former president of Alabama A & M University.