Lisa Mims-Devezin, dean of Southern University at New Orleans, will become the university’s interim chancellor this summer, replacing longtime leader Victor Ukpolo, school officials said Tuesday.

Mims-Devezin, 45, will step into the role on July 1. Ukpolo is resigning June 30 to accept an on-campus teaching position and plans to eventually return to his home country of Nigeria.

“I am a proud daughter of Southern University at New Orleans,” Mims-Devezin said. “I am committed to upholding this University as an exceptional institution of higher learning, not only locally and nationally, but also on a global scale.”

The Southern University System Board of Supervisors, which governs SUNO, Southern University at Baton Rouge and Southern University at Shreveport, approved the appointment on Friday. Mims-Devezin will serve for at least six months and earn $152,955.

Ukpolo, who had the top job for a decade, earned $169,950.

Mims-Devezin has worked at the Pontchartrain Park campus in various roles for more than two decades. She came to the campus as an assistant biology professor in 1993 after teaching at Dillard University and became a full professor in 2010. She served as associate dean and then dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Mims-Devezin is Southern trained: She received a doctorate in science and math education and a master of science in biology and microbiology from the system’s Baton Rouge campus and a bachelor of science in biology and pre-medicine from its New Orleans campus.

The Southern University System’s board has authorized a search for the school’s permanent chancellor. System President Ray Belton is expected to appoint members of a search committee in the coming months.

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