|L-r: Candidates Brown, Phills, Lyles, and Johnson|
|L-r: SU System President Ray Belton, standing, expresses anticipation on receiving at least three finalists and recommending one to the SU Board of Supervisors in Shreveport on August 26|
The President of the Southern University System, Dr. Ray Belton charged a Search Committee with assisting the SU System in selecting a new chancellor/dean for the Southern University Ag Center and College of Agriculture. On August 18, the Committee held a town hall meeting with candidates for the position. The candidates are: Adell Brown, Jr., Interim Chancellor/Interim Dean for SU Ag Center and SUBR College of Agriculture; Andra Johnson, Assistant Director of Research, Alcorn State University; Bobby Phills, Retired Dean & Director, College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, Florida A & M University; and Ivory Lyles, Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs, Alcorn State University. The final three candidates will be selected on Friday, August 19 following interviews by the search committee in Baton Rouge.