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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) -- The interim president of Tuskegee University will assume the job on a permanent basis, the school said Monday.

Trustees of the historically Black school in east Alabama elected Charlotte Morris to the position, which takes effect Sunday, officials said in a statement.

Morris' stint as interim president began with the departure of Lily McNair, who began in 2018 and and left earlier this year.

With more than 30 years in all at the school, Morris' previous roles at Tuskegee include chief of staff and secretary to the board. Her inauguration as the school's ninth president is planned for next April to coincide with Founder's Day.

"She understands the needs of this university today -- putting the students first -- and is the right leader for tomorrow and beyond," board chair Norma Clayton said.

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