Dr. Norris Edney
Dr. Norris Allen Edney was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning to serve as Acting President of Alcorn State University on December 19, 2013. He served previously interim president of Alcorn State University from February 2010 until January 2011.
Dr. Edney spent most of his career at Alcorn in various roles of teaching and administration. He is knowledgeable about the university and is well-respected among faculty and staff. He most recently served as Interim Dean of the School of Nursing, which is located on the Natchez Campus of Alcorn.
Beginning his career at Alcorn as biology instructor in 1963, Dr. Edney worked his way up to senior leadership positions. Throughout his career, he has served the University in various capacities including dean of Graduate Studies, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the Department of Biology. He also worked as director for the Natchez Nursing Program from initiation of the program through the second accreditation cycle.
Dr. Edney’s extensive managerial experience also includes serving as the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) president, and Natchez – Adams County School Board president. Among his areas of expertise are: administration and supervision in higher education; environmental science; ecology; systematic botany; improving the quality of teaching science in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate schools.
Dr. Edney has an associate degree from Natchez Junior College, an undergraduate degree in biology from Tougaloo College, a Master of Science teaching degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Co., and a doctorate degree in mycology (conservation) from Michigan State University.
Throughout his career, Dr. Edney authored 32 publications. His numerous professional accomplishments and awards include receiving First Annual White House Initiative Faculty Award for Excellence in Science and Technology; National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Research Scientist of the Year Achievement Award; Natchez Junior College 1990 Alumni of the Year; Award of Merit-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Service Eligibility Chairman; Outstanding Service Award, Alcorn State University, Department of Biology; and SWAC Distinguished Service Award. He is listed in Who’s Who in Ecology and in American Men of Science. Dr. Edney was inducted into SWAC Hall of Fame, received Distinguished Service Award, Capital City Classic, Inc., Outstanding Agriculture Researcher, Alcorn State University; and SWAC Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Edney and his wife Lillian have three grown sons: Norris II, a health physicist for Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant; Albert, a research chemist and minister of Willow Road Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo.; and Alvin, a district supervisor with the Mississippi Department of Health.