By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The governing board for Jackson State University has formally approved hiring Carolyn Meyers as the school's new president, making her the first woman to hold the top job at JSU.

The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning named Meyers to the position Wednesday. She replaces interim president Leslie McLemore, a longtime political science professor appointed when Ronald Mason left the presidency in June to lead the Southern University System based in Baton Rouge, La.

Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, serving most recently as president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Before working at Norfolk State, Meyers was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Meyers begins her new job in January.

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