BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A long-time administrator for Southern University died on Friday.

Rev. Dr. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. served as the first director of the Freshman Complex at Southern University and A&M College, organized and directed the university’s first Office of High School Relations, and was the director of admissions for 15 years, according to the university.

Bilberry also served in the United States Army.

“Rev. Bilberry committed his life to all aspects of education and was dedicated to Southern University as an administrator, member of the Board of Supervisors, and as a strong community partner and advocate,” said Dennis J. Shields, president-chancellor of the Southern University System.

Bilberry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Southern in 1951, a Master of Education from Louisiana State University in 1957, and a Master of Theology and Doctorate of Theology from the Christian Bible College in 1988 and 1990, according to the University.

Bilberry retired from the university to become the pastor of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Scotlandville. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.