Jackson State U President Placed on Leave

Thomas Hudson, president of Jackson State University, was placed on administrative leave with pay Thursday by Mississippi’s Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The announcement by the board gave no reason. The board named Elayne Hayes-Anthony “temporary acting president” of the university. She is chair of journalism and media studies at Jackson State.

The Mississippi Clarion Ledger said phone calls and texts to Hudson were not returned.

Hudson is the sixth president at the historically Black university in the last 14 years. In January, the newspaper reported that the Faculty Senate voted no confidence in Hudson, citing his lack of support for shared governance.

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