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Mississippi HBCU Mourns the Sudden Passing of Its President Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr.

Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr., president of Alcorn State University, died suddenly while on the university’s track field on Saturday evening, Aug. 19, 2006. Flags at the university have been placed at half mast.

Bristow, 57, became president of the Mississippi historically Black university on Aug. 24, 1995.

“Clinton Bristow was an extraordinary individual and educator. His love for Alcorn and its students was remarkable,” said Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s Commissioner, in a statement.

President of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Bristow has been credited for doubling the percentage of Alcorn students attending graduate/professional school, improving retention and establishing a faculty research incentive program to enhance research in the life sciences, according to the Alcorn Web site. Diverse magazine’s 2006 Top 100 minority degree producers special report ranks Alcorn State No. 8 and No. 19 in granting bachelor’s degrees in agriculture to African-Americans and minorities respectively.

Before becoming president of Alcorn State, Bristow served as president of the Chicago Board of Education, dean of the College of Business at Chicago State University, and vice president at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s, law degree and doctorate from Northwestern University and a MBA from Governors State University.

Diverse will bring you additional information on the passing of President Bristow as more details become available.


— Diverse staff report


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