JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - After a decade of service, Jackson State President Dr. Ronald Mason is leaving after 10 years of service to the urban university.
Monday Mason was the speaker at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of Government luncheon.
Last week Mason accepted the job as CEO of the Southern University and A&M college system in Louisiana.
Mason came under fire last fall, when his idea to consolidate Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State was leaked to the public.
Mason also brought up the idea of changing JSU's name to Jacobs State University. Alumni and students at all three campuses protested in opposition.
Mason said his ideas have nothing to do with his departure.
"I don't know if it's the right idea, but I think it's a conversation that needs to be had. If you ask whether I regret having the idea, the answer is no. Do I regret that it got out, not necessarily, for a couple reasons. One I think it has raised awareness of the challenges these schools face," said Mason.
Mason's last day at Jackson State is June 30th.
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