NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) — In its November meeting last Friday, the Southern University Board of Supervisors unanimously elected Myron Lawson as chairman.

Lawson was elected after chairman Edwin Shorty decided not to seek reelection.

“It has been my privilege and honor to serve as this Board’s chair,” Shorty said. “It has been an amazing experience, but it is very taxing on one’s time and there are limitations that we all must realize that we have. He (Lawson) has served this Board for many years and has done a phenomenal job in his past service and I am sure he will do a great job as chairman.” 

“God blessed us by your service,” Lawson said to Shorty. “Your wisdom and your courage add value to this university.” 

SU President Chancellor Dennis Shields said the following:

“He (Shorty) has been a remarkable person to work with,” Shields said. “I think he’s done remarkable work for this body and I know he will continue to do so.” 

Dr. Rani Whitfield was unanimously reelected as board vice chairman, according to SU.

The university said Lawson previously served as chairman in 1999 and 2000. He will be sworn in as chairman in the board’s January meeting.