Mississippi State names former Alabama president as provost

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State University has named former University of Alabama President Judy Bonner as its provost.

The College Board must vote to approve the appointment. She’s expected to begin work as MSU’s chief academic officer on July 1.

MSU President Mark Keenum says Bonner’s broad experience set her apart.

Bonner became president in Tuscaloosa in 2012 after serving as provost for nearly a decade. She stepped down in 2015, saying she wanted to return to teaching.

Bonner was selected over three other finalists for the job – former Washington & Lee University Provost Daniel Wubah, Florida Atlantic University Dean Heather Coltman and Ohio State University Vice Provost Michael Boehm.

Former MSU provost Jerome “Jerry” Gilbert left MSU last year to become president of Marshall University in West Virginia.