Tuskegee University names new president

Tuskegee University has named Gilbert Rochon as the sixth president of Tuskegee University.

He takes office Nov. 1.

He comes to Tuskegee from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Andrew Brimmer, the chairman of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees, called Rochon's resume "very impressive."

Rochon currently serves as a senior research scientist at the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and director of the Purdue Terrestrial Observatory.

He has a bachelor's degree from Xavier University, a master's from Yale and an Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.