MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Dr. Joseph H. Silver Sr., provost and VP of academic affairs for Clark Atlanta University has been named the new president of Alabama State University.

Silver has been with Clark Atlanta since January 2010.

He was formally named at a news conference at the Alabama State campus in Montgomery early Friday, and will assume his new duties there beginning September 1.

In a release, Clark Atlanta president Carlton E. Brown said, "The departure of Joseph H. Silver Sr. is a great loss for Clark Atlanta and an incredibly huge win for Alabama State University. His appointment as president, a career aspiration I've encouraged over the past decade, speaks to his strategic, visionary, collegial brand of leadership and the compassionate, hands-on work ethic with which he has guided this institution throughout his stellar career."

Silver said his vision for ASU is to bring the university to the next level.
"We're not trying to be the best in Montgomery, the best in Alabama, or the best in the Southeast," he said. "Our goal is to make this the best institution in higher education, bar none."
Silver said that plan required bringing ASU into the global market, something he intends to move toward immediately.
"We're going to hit the ground running" he said.

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