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More Cuts-JSU Madison campus closes

Trying to Right the Ship.... We Got to Brace Ourselves for the Ride! 

JSU Madison campus closes; dean asks new president to reconsider journalism school

As part of Jackson State’s Budget Reduction and Recovery Plan announced Wednesday, no classes are scheduled at the school’s Madison campus for fall semester 2017. However, termination of JSU’s lease at the Galleria Parkway location remains unresolved.

The university plans to focus on its dual enrollment agreement with Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, signed in 2013. Classes that had been held at JSU’s Madison campus will move to JSU’s main campus in Jackson, to the Holmes campus in Ridgeland or be offered online.

Immediately after Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. was selected as new president of Jackson State University by the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning on Wednesday, university officials distributed details of the restructuring plan that was developed by interim president Dr. Rod Paige and staff to solve the university’s financial crisis.

Bynum says his first priority is getting Jackson State’s finances in order. He assumes the presidency July 1.

All the university’s recommendations must be approved by the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting in June. Upon approval, the recommendations will be implemented immediately.

Last January, Paige asked personnel across university departments with various expertise to form advanced development groups to propose recommendations, which included eliminating jobs and merging some academic departments.

“We did everything possible to avoid implementing a reduction in force. However, due to an additional $4 million in cuts to our state appropriation in fiscal year 2017 — and $1.8 million in additional cuts projected — it became inseparable,” Paige said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to the elimination of 65 vacant positions, 42 currently filled jobs will be terminated. This will affect one dean, seven department chairs and one program coordinator, but no faculty will be lost.

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Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony. Dean of the School of Journalism at Jackson State University

The School of Journalism will be consolidated with the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony’s position as dean of the journalism school is being eliminated; she has been asked to become chairman of the newly structured journalism department.  

“I am concerned about the proposed move from school status to department status. I do recognize Dr. Bynum is new and I hope he will reassess the decision,” said Hayes-Anthony.

In 2015, under Hayes-Anthony’s direction, Jackson State announced the creation of a journalism school out of the Department of Mass Communication.

Anthony questions whether recent increases in partnerships between the school and other groups, student recruitment and proposed courses in media literacy will be affected by the realignment.

The plan to combine parts of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater with the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages and Department of Art will affect Dr. Mark G.Henderson. A tenured professor and chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater, Henderson will return solely to professor status.


Dr. Mark G. Henderson, chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater at Jackson State University

The plan would also reorganize the College of Business from four departments to two departments. One department titled business administration will include business management and business marketing programs; the other department, which hasn’t been named, will include accounting, finance and entrepreneurship programs.

The restructuring plan also includes moves made in recent months to shore up budget gaps, including a hiring freeze, suspension of all internally funded travel, eliminating all unfilled positions, reducing commodities spending, ending a number of terminable contracts and academic and administrative restructuring beginning in fiscal year 2018.

The goals are to “reorganize and reclassify,” said university spokesman Danny Blanton. 

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“This transition was as smooth as to be expected. We are not limiting classes or programs, but increasing the efficiency,” he added.

This comes as JSU tries to rebound from having its cash reserve drop by 89 percent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2016 under then President Dr. Carolyn Meyers, who resigned from the position Nov. 1, 2016.


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(This just tells me they are not budging on the decision...the search will not be reopened...and they could careless of what we think...smh 

IHL Press Release
5/30/2017 - Jackson, Miss.



Our state Constitution provides that the IHL Board of Trustees has the duty and responsibility for selecting the presidents of all state universities. The Constitution created that system in order to isolate the selection process from political pressure from any source.

The Board, while it is entrusted with the duty of making the selection, makes extensive efforts to secure input from all of the many constituencies of the university - including alumni, students, faculty, staff, community, donors, and taxpayers. However, while the Board seeks advice and information from the aforementioned, the Board does not allow any person, persons, or group to dictate which candidate will be finally selected by the Board. To the extent that some of the members of the Jackson State University (JSU) advisory committee believe that they are entitled to direct the Board as to which candidate would be selected as the Preferred Candidate, they are mistaken.

While we understand that people may have different views as to the best candidate for JSU, we are certain that any attempt to make the selection of its next president a debated political issue is divisive, and therefore, has the potential of being harmful to the university. As a result, our policy requires all search committee members to provide certain written assurances by signing the Search Committee Code of Ethics. These written assurances outlined in the Code of Ethics include:

As a member of a Search Committee and/or as a facilitator of or participant in the search process, I accept my responsibility to protect the integrity of every prospect and candidate and of the process itself. Furthermore, I agree to the following:

1. I certify that I am personally not a candidate for the position. Any appearance of real or potential conflict of interest between myself (or any members of my family) and a prospective candidate will be disclosed promptly and completely to the Commissioner of Higher Education.

2. If serving as a search committee member, I pledge to keep as my primary focus the committee's charge to attract, review, screen, and refer the best qualified candidates. I understand that the Search Committee must work together to achieve this goal and I will strive to help the group resolve any differences of opinion in a constructive professional manner.

3. If serving as a search committee member, I will adhere to the following code of responsibility, accuracy, confidentiality, and integrity:

a) I pledge to respect the absolute confidentiality of all prospects and candidates. I will not reveal to anyone, unless authorized by the Board of Trustees, the name of, or any information about, any candidate before or after the completion of the search process.

b) I will avoid permitting personal interests to distort or misrepresent the facts in all written communications and/or discussions.

c) I will be fair and unbiased and I will guard against inaccuracies, carelessness, bias and distortion made through either emphasis or omission of information.

d) I will diligently review all relevant materials.

e) I understand that only the Board of Trustees and the Commissioner of Higher Education are authorized to make public comments regarding the search.

f) I consider the content and intent of this statement to be a matter of personal responsibility.

The selection of the best candidate requires a determination as to which of several candidates has the talent and experience to deal with the issues that will be faced by the University over the president's tenure. In addition to overseeing the academic affairs of the institution, the president must oversee and direct finances to assure budgetary soundness. The president is responsible for staffing and employment practices, assuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and accreditation requirements, overseeing competitive athletics and the related budgets, and when possible assist in securing additional financial resources. Finally, the president must relate to all of the constituencies of the university, enlisting them in support of all of the programs of the university. All of these are very important - and none can be neglected. The task is to select the candidate who will best lead the university in dealing with all issues.

JSU, particularly at this juncture of its history, needs to become united behind whoever is selected as the next president. In the view of the Board, the experience of Dr. Will Bynum made him the most qualified preferred candidate. The Board is confident that he has the talent and experience to be an able and effective president of Jackson State University.

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TigerNatl wrote: Okay so he's the "preferred" candidate, so is it official or is there an additional process that finalizes/or not finalize his selection as JSU prez? 

Word is it is pretty much a done deal.. After the meeting next week the press conference that follows is IHL officially offering him the job or to continue the search...  HIGHLY unlikely they open the search again unless something DRASTIC happens... "preferred" is pretty much a formality..He is it.. [frown]
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Another article this morning

JSU alumni challenge presidential selection process


Mississippi Public Universities

Dr. William Bynum, president of Mississippi Valley State University, and IHL’s preferred choice for JSU’s next president

The Jackson State University National Alumni Association is challenging the process for selecting leaders of the state’s universities.

The alumni association and other JSU advocates are developing a strategy to “revise the Institutions of Higher Learning Board policy, as it relates to the search process, before the next institutional executive officer search in the state of Mississippi,” Yolanda R. Owens, president of the JSU National Alumni Association, said in an open letter to alumni and the IHL board members.

Dr. William B. Bynum, president of Mississippi Valley State University, was designated Monday the preferred candidate for president of Jackson State University by the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees search committee.

“The process itself is not something that I think at this point in time is the major hot topic of conversation. It’s having the right candidate who has the experience and knows what the challenges are,” IHL Commissioner Glenn Boyce responded. 

“I’m extremely disappointed especially because every last JSU representative gave (Bynum) a resounding no,” said Kendall Bunch, outgoing student government association president at JSU and member of the interview search advisory committee. which was appointed by the IHL board.



Dr. Jean-Claude Assad, outgoing president of the faculty senate and member of the JSU search advisory committee

“I am shocked, because Dr. Bynum was a part of the pool of candidates and he did not make the second round (of interviews),” said Dr. Jean-Claud Assad, co-chair of the campus search advisory committee and member of the interview search advisory committee.

“IHL is going to have to answer to this,” said Assad.

Immediately after the announcement at IHL headquarters in Jackson on Monday, Jackson State alumni and other constituents who have been critical of the selection process walked out in protest.

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The IHL’s document for presidential search processes


“With the announcement of the preferred candidate for president of Jackson State University, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees elected to depart from the established 20 step process outlined on its website,” Owens stated in the letter.

“The decision on the preferred candidate was made without input from the Interview Search Advisory Committee (who was dismissed on May 8) and the board’s application of the policy is a dishonor to the spirit of the process and ultimately the entire Jackson State University community.”

The IHL’s Boyce counters that many of the criticisms are inaccurate.

“The board and myself have done exactly as the process says every single round and we will continue to do that,” he said. “We feel strongly that the process is effective and the fact remains that I’m more focused on the who the candidate is.

“Keep in mind that the advisory committee is just that. But the decision is the board’s responsibility,” Boyce added.


Dr. James Minor, JSU interview advisory committee’s top pick for JSU president

Dr. James T. Minor was the interview search advisory committee’s preferred candidate. Minor, a JSU alumnus, was also popular among the general public for his service as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Post-secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education from March 2014 to August 2016. Minor is currently the senior strategist for academic success in the chancellor’s office at California State University.

“As an alumni family, we are enormously disappointed that the board chose not to honor the recommendation made by the representatives of the Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students, Foundation, Community and Alumni,” said Owens.

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On May 31, Bynum will be at Jackson State for a full day of meetings with constituents at the JSU Student Center:

9 a.m. Administration, faculty and staff
10 a.m. Students
11 a.m. Alumni/community
1 p.m. Board meeting
1:30 p.m. Press conference

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Let me begin by thanking you for the exemplary manner in which you have been present and effectively engaged in the JSU President Search over the past several weeks. This is a crucial time in the history of our beloved university and your connection is more critical than it's ever been.
With the announcement of the preferred candidate for president of Jackson State University, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees elected to depart from the established 20 step process outlined on its website. The decision on the preferred candidate was made without input from the Interview Search Advisory Committee (who was dismissed on May 8) and the board's application of the policy is a dishonor to the spirit of the process and ultimately the entire Jackson State University community.  In my opinion, the Board Policy as it relates to the search process is significantly flawed and should be thoroughly revised before the next IEO search in the State of Mississippi.
As an alumni family, we are enormously disappointed that the board chose not to honor the recommendation made by the representatives of the Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students, Foundation, Community and Alumni. However, our love and dedication for Jackson State University is not diminished. Remember that leaders will come and go, but we will forever be the Alumni of Mississippi's Urban University. We will always be committed to our alma mater and will do all that we can to ensure that our dear old college home emerges from this transition even stronger than before - standing as a leader in Higher Education throughout the state and the nation. After all, WE ARE JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY.
Your JSUNAA leadership is currently developing a strategy and will be in communication with you over the next several days (and beyond) regarding our course of action. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 31. The preferred candidate, Dr. William B. Bynum, will meet with campus constituency groups in Ballroom A of the JSU Student Center according to the schedule below. Your participation in this part of the process is absolutely imperative. We'll send reminders and additional details as the date approaches.
Jackson State University
Preferred Candidate Visit Schedule
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
9:00 a.m.
JSU Student Center
10:00 a.m.
JSU Student Center
11:00 a.m.
JSU Student Center
1:00 p.m.
Board Meeting
JSU Student Center
1:30 p.m.
Press Conference
JSU Student Center
With Tiger Pride, 
Yolanda R. Owens, President
Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.

Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education 
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Mr. C. D. Smith Jr., President & Chair of IEO Search Committee
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Board of Trustees
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Sooooo this candidate wasn't even one of the Top 3 finalist... Why is he selected...

Current head of Mississippi Valley is pick for Jackson State

17 minutes ago
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Trustees said Thursday that current Mississippi Valley State University President William Bynum Jr. is just the person to help Jackson State University turn around its financial troubles, but some Jackson State supporters are questioning the board’s decision to name a finalist from a rival university.

“The one thing we kept coming back to is who has the right skills and who has the right experience, considering the situation at Jackson State, where we are financially and otherwise,” trustee President C.D. Smith of Meridian told the Associated Press.

Bynum will meet with campus groups May 31, and trustees will vote later that day on naming him the 10,000-student university’s president. Although most finalist interviews are routine, this one could be rocky. Some Jackson State supporters walked out in the middle of the announcement Monday vocally expressing displeasure.

Jackson State economics professor Jean-Claude Assad, one of eight people affiliated with the university who helped interview candidates, told Mississippi Today after the announcement that Bynum had been in the initial round of eight interviewees but had not been among the three finalists.

Assad told the online news organization that trustees are “going to have to answer for this.”

Assad and six other Jackson State constituents who took part in interviews didn’t respond to phone calls, emails or Facebook messages from The Associated Press on Monday.

Bynum said he was attracted to the potential of Jackson State, saying it would be a step up from 2,500-student Mississippi Valley. He said the university has potential, but acknowledges its cash shortfall means cuts for now.

“That’s clearly not an ideal situation to start in,” Bynum said. “I do know it’s going to be two or three years to work things out.”

The choice of Bynum lines up with what Smith said Thursday after the board couldn’t reach a decision following hours of closed-door debate. He said then that trustees would consider people beyond the three unnamed finalists they had been considering to break the stalemate.

Jackson State’s alumni association last week said all eight university representatives who took part in interviews were supporting one unnamed finalist.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, who took part in a larger committee that read resumes and suggested names to trustees, said he found the selection of a president of another Mississippi public university to be strange.

“Would you take a president from Ole Miss and put them over Mississippi State?” Flaggs asked.

However, familiarity may have reassured trustees, who intervened in Jackson State finances last year, citing dwindling cash reserves. Carolyn Meyers resigned as president days later.

“He’s a known individual in the state, a known individual in the capitol, a known individual inside our system,” Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce said.

Smith said Bynum had turned around declining enrollment at the state’s smallest public university, built up cash reserves, increased alumni giving and successfully attracted grants.

“He was able to deal with the same issues and do it really well,” Smith said.

The 54-year-old Bynum came to Mississippi Valley in 2013 after serving as vice president of enrollment management and student services of Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Bynum was one of the first 13 members in 2003 of a program meant to prepare future presidents for colleges serving minority populations.

“If they’ll give him a chance, they’ll realize that Will Bynum will do a wonderful job of positioning Jackson State for success,” Smith said.

Bynum pledged to visit each Jackson State alumni chapter in his first year, if selected.

“I’m going to extend the olive branch to every constituency, every group,” he said.
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My sentiments EXACTLY but now that is made public the opposition against her... it would be almost crazy for them to select this candidate but I have seen stranger things...Idk... we will see ...SMH
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Welp good to know we are voicing concerns:

Florida Memorial President could be finalist for JSU post

Four days after the state College Board met behind closed doors to pick the next leader of Jackson State University, the status of the search effort remains a secret.

But The Clarion-Ledger has learned that concern is brewing among JSU alums over one rumored candidate.

Roslyn Artis, the current president of Florida Memorial University, is believed to be a finalist in the College Board’s search.

A spokeswoman for the state College Board was not immediately available for comment.

But as a policy, matters entailing the search are generally kept confidential until the announcement of a preferred candidate.

Artis, who is preparing for the university's spring commencement on Saturday, was not immediately available for comment.

State Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson, said he'd heard from about 10 alumni concerned over Artis' possible selection.

Artis has served as chief of the historic black university based in Miami Gardens for three years, but it’s her former post at the now-shuttered Mountain State University that is the reason for consternation.

The troubled university closed in late 2012, just a few months after one of the nation’s six regional accreditors announced it was withdrawing Mountain State’s accreditation.

Artis was a provost at the time when officials with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools said the university had violated three of its accreditation standards, including “mission and integrity,” “preparing for the future,” and “student learning and effective teaching.”

Mountain State University has not conducted itself with the integrity expected of an accredited institution,” the commission’s report stated.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that "the violations struck at the heart of the academic enterprise of Mountain State, where the agency found that teaching and learning were comprised by a lack of faculty oversight and insufficient resources."

A court filing from the time tells the story of top administrators, including Artis, engaging in a cover-up: by dismissing mounting concerns about the university's troubles and at times resorting to intimidation against both faculty and students.

In a 2010 lawsuit filed in Kanawha Circuit Court in West Virginia on behalf of Kimberly H. Toole, a former psychology professor, Artis is alleged to have forbade administrators of warning students of the university's setbacks.

“Ms. Artis advised Dr. O’Toole and other faculty that accreditation for Mountain State University’s School of Nursing was in jeopardy," the complaint states. "Dr. O’Toole and other faculty were further instructed not to discuss the accreditation problems with students."

O'Toole was subsequently terminated without cause from her job, after advising students that the nursing program failed to meet national accreditation standards. She settled with Morgan State in late 2012, a few weeks before its closure.

A federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, by former nursing student Christy Brewer depicts Artis as a bystander who failed to intervene when program administrator Ron Smith warned that, “any student seeking legal advice would never graduate.”

The lawsuit traces back to 2009, according to the West Virginia Gazette-Mail, the same period when nursing students at the university became concerned their program’s accreditation was at risk.

According to Brewer's complaint, on either March 18 or 19, "Smith gave a PowerPoint presentation to his class of 13 students, including Brewer, at which time, believing that the class members previously had attended a meeting with lawyers about their potential claims against Mountain State and him, Smith told the class that he "hated” them and “wanted to kill all of” them and that “any student seeking legal advice would never graduate.”

The complaint goes on to state that Artis, then Mountain State’s counsel, was in the room during the exchange.

Artis became embroiled in the allegations of browbeating for allegedly telling nursing students in a meeting to "bring it," after learning of their plans to sue the university.

“I am not afraid of a lawsuit,” Artis told students in a meeting, according to a voice recording obtained by the Gazette-Mail. “I am a pretty good lawyer, as a matter of fact. In fact, I’d suggest let’s go a couple of rounds in my forte. I don’t care. You’re not challenging me personally, and you’re not hurting me in any way, shape or form. Knock yourself out.”

Within a year, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered University had ordered the university to cease new admissions for 15 months. The closure of the school by late 2012, then followed.

Artis, who was a presidential finalist for West Virginia State University last year, told the Kanawha Metro of her time at Mountain State in the following manner: "Some of it (was) clear, some of it (was) accurate, some if it not so much.”

She further stated that officials never requested corrections to any of the Gazette-Mail's reporting.

“I think it would lack candor to say anything other than I am almost ultimately responsible in the sense that certainly we had a president and leadership, but I was the provost, and so there was no question that I had a seat at the table, that as we began to make decisions about how to solve the problems, that I was around the table,” Artis told the Kanawha Metro.

Artis' tenure at Florida Memorial University, as the first woman president in the university's history, however, appears to have seen little controversy.

The Miami Herald reported that Artis, who first served as the university's interim, essentially had a "six-month" audition for the post.

The paper reported that Artis said she had reduced the university's $3 million budget deficit to $1 million during her time as interim. The savings came mostly through salary freezes, roughly a dozen layoffs and the suspension of matching 401(k) contributions), according to the Miami Herald.

She also downsized the university's vice presidents from six to four.

“We have not permitted any nonessential travel, and that includes my office,” Artis said. “We’re trying to set the example from the top.”

Artis, who is preparing for the university's spring commencement on Saturday, was not immediately available for comment.

Former Jackson State President Carolyn Meyers stepped down in November amid the revelation that cash reserves at the university had been depleted by roughly $33 million during the last stretch of her tenure. Financial records showed JSU’s cash reserves were reduced by 89 percent over a five-year period. Trustees hired accounting firm Matthews, Cutrer and Lindsay to review the board’s finances, and of particular concern to higher education officials, was the finding that the university had less than eight days’ worth of operating cash for the end of fiscal 2016.

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BluTiger! wrote: It the IHL's finalist is not favorably received based on the on campus survey then according to their process shouldn't they resume the search?

That's what should happen according to search process but I'm hearing different...

According to IHL website: and where we are now 
15. Second-round interviews are conducted. (Which has been completed)

16. Board of Trustees meets to hear candidate assessments and views of ISAC members. Further candidate assessments are made by Board of Trustees.

17. Board of Trustees announces preferred candidate.

18. Preferred candidate is brought to campus to engage in open interviews with various campus constituency groups, who are given the opportunity to provide feedback to the Board regarding the preferred candidate.

19. Board receives preferred candidate feedback from constituency groups and decides if preferred candidate should be named IEO.

20. Board announces either that the preferred candidate has been named IEO or that search will continue.
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JSU in the Carolinas wrote: Why we can't influence? Because 95% of the folks associated with JSU could give a flip. It's nothing but lip service year end and year out. So, you get what you put in. Until more folks stop treating JSU like a high school (Get your diploma and don't look back) we will always be playing up to Mr. Charlie. This is the reason Mr. Charlie don't respect us as a force.

And it's absolutely ridiculous... I'm tired of our voice not being taken serious...but until we place stock in ourselves no one else will... On the other side IHL seems to want to slow the progress of JSU.. we have been on the heels of USM for some time now and the recent occurrences shows they dont really care...Why go through all the listening sessions and etc if they are going to make their choice with such an important hire...
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YEQue wrote: Well, if her undergrad and doctorate are from Thee and she's gone out into the world and slayed em, then (in my best Don Cornelius voice) you can bet yo last money it's all gonna be a stone gas, Honey...[cool]

Lol...Touche.. Guess we'll just have to wait and see who's officially announced in the coming days...
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Jerald Woolfolk ..Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, State University of New York at Oswego ?  Looks like her Bachelors and Doctorates are from JSU.. Dont know anything about her... is she worthy and capable?
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Lord let me fast and pray until this is announced... lol thanks @ladybluebengal for the updates! 
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OMG NO.....the preferred candidate can be rejected yes?
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ladybluebengal wrote: I was informed last night the final three were two females and one male. Heard today the male was cute but was informed all three are black. So we will have a black female president this week.

Just heard the same that the final finalists were female... Any idea who?
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