Bryant has unprecedented 8 College Board appointments

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant will have the opportunity to do what no governor in modern times has done — have eight appointments during his first term to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Thanks to a constitutional change approved by voters in 2003, Bryant will make four appointments to the board in 2012 and four more in 2015.

If Bryant wins a second term in 2015, he will have all of the appointments on what is commonly referred to as the College Board.

The 12-member College Board was established by constitutional amendment in the 1940s. It was set up where four vacancies would occur each gubernatorial term, preventing any one governor from being able to appoint a board majority in the days when Mississippi governors could not serve consecutive terms. The College Board terms were for 12 years.