on February 01, 2013 at 2:22 PM, updated February 01, 2013 at 2:27 PM
JACKSON, Mississippi — University of Georgia official Rodney Bennett is likely to become the first black person to lead a historically white public university in Mississippi.
A selection committee named Bennett as the preferred candidate of a field of three to become the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Bennett is vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens.
A Tennessee native, he earlier worked at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Bennett holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State an educational doctorate from Tennessee State University.