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Aubrey Lucas chosen interim USM president

Aubrey K. Lucas is returning to a job he knows well.

Lucas was selected this afternoon by the state College Board to become the interim president of the University of Southern Mississippi beginning July 1.

Martha Saunders, the current president, announced last week she is leaving the position June 30 for personal reasons.

Lucas previously served as president of the university for 22 years, as well as the interim commissioner of higher education in 2008.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Wednesday's editions.