The Rochester branch of the NAACP has new leadership for the first time in 17 years.

Wale Elegbede has been named the new president of the organization, succeeding William "W.C." Jordan, who has held the post 2003. Jordan will stay on as vice president of the group, as well as retain his position as president of the Minnesota/Dakotas Area State Conference.

Elegbede, who works at Mayo Clinic as director of strategy management services, previously served as the Rochester branch's vice president.

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"I am extremely honored and excited to take on the role of President for this long-standing and essential community organization," Elegbede said. "There is tremendous opportunity to leverage our national organization's platform to support social justice and anti-discrimination in our community."

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Other officers and Executive Committee members include: Rachel Snyder, treasurer; Barbara Jordan, secretary; Cleophus Pearson, assistant secretary; Kindra Ramaker, assistant secretary for membership; Jennifer Belisle, chair, Economic Development Committee; Justin Cook and Phil Wheeler, chairs, Education Committee; Ray Schmitz, chair of Environmental Justice Committee; Justin Cook and Schmitz, chair of Criminal Justice Committee; and Donavan Bailey, chair of Legal Redress Committee.

Terms begin in January.