The recent history of a thriving Mississippi educational institution
Alcorn State University was founded
in 1871 making it the oldest public
historically black land-grant institution
in the United States. Alcorn State
has undergone numerous changes
and expansions over the years, and it
continues to produce notable alumni
and scholars in more than fifty fields.
Succeeding against Great Odds
covers nearly a quarter of a century
since Josephine McCann Posey's first institutional history of Alcorn,
Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University. This
new book briefly summarizes the first 123 years of Alcorn's history.
The volume then explores the tenure of three interim and/or acting
presidents, Drs. Rudolph E. Waters Sr., Malvin A. Williams Sr., and
Norris A. Edney Sr. (with Edney serving twice), and permanent
presidents, Drs. Clinton Bristow Jr., George E. Ross, M. Christopher
Brown II, and Alfred Rankins Jr., who have all served since Against
Great Odds was published in 1994. This comprehensive narrative
shows the university confidently advancing in the twenty-first
century, proud of its distinctive heritage and intent on overcoming
obstacles to continue a long tradition of excellence.
Succeeding against Great Odds includes numerous appendices
to document the illustrious history of Alcorn, its accomplishments,
and particularly the people who have shaped the institution.
Josephine McCann Posey, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a native
Mississippian with more than thirty-five years in the educational
system as a public school teacher, university professor, administrator,
and special assistant to a president. She is author of Against
Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University, published by
University Press of Mississippi, and a pictorial history, Alcorn State
University and the National Alumni Association.
208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 110 b&w illustrations, appendices, index