JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An interim president will take over the job permanently at Jacksonville State University following a decision by trustees.

Board members selected Don C. Killingsworth Jr. as president of the college northeast of Birmingham on Tuesday, removing the interim status from his job title. An announcement by the school said the change would take effect immediately.

Killingsworth had held the job on an interim basis since October following the departure of former president John M. Beehler.

Killingsworth has two degrees from Jacksonville State, and he earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Alabama in 2016. Board members said Killingsworth’s work over the last seven months showed he was more than capable of leading the campus of more than 9,000 students.

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