CLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- A Mississippi native now serving as an Ohio State University vice president has been selected as the new president of Mississippi College. Blake Thompson, 43, will start July 1 as president of the 5,200-student college affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, succeeding Lee Royce, who retires June 30 after 16 years as president. At Ohio State where Thompson joined its administrative leadership in 2009, he serves as vice president of the office of government affairs, representing the university at the local, state and federal levels, and as board secretary, one of three elected trustee officers at the 60,000-student university.
CLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- The naming of Mississippi College's medical science building for Lee Royce is among the gestures of gratitude for his 16 years at the helm of the Baptist-affiliated college as he approaches retirement in late June. Lettering for the Royce Medical Science Center was placed on the building May 1. For his wife, the Rhoda Royce Prayer Garden near Alumni Hall has been named in her honor.