Hilpert, DSU's seventh president, previously announced he would retire Dec. 31 but agreed to serve until the IHL had followed protocol to find his successor.
Leslie Griffin, chair of Campus Search Advisory Committee, said the search is continuing along the established timeline.
"The search for the next president of DSU is progressing well under the direction of Parker Executive Search," said Griffin.
Parker Executive Search is the leading global executive search firm managing the pursuit of a replacement.
"The process is moving along according to the timeline established by the IHL Board and the Campus Advisory Committee should begin reviewing candidate materials by mid-January," added Griffin.
First and second round interviews will be held in February, during which a representative group of the Campus Advisory Committee will be present and engaged.
The IHL Board’s goal is to identify a preferred candidate and arrange a campus visit for the candidate by late February.
The Best Consideration deadline for the search was extended to Monday to allow for sufficient qualified applications.
"At this time the IHL is still working diligently toward naming the new president," said Karen Blanton, IHL director of communications in Jackson. "The Christmas holidays have kind of fallen right into the middle of the search.
"While there is no way to provide a specific date of when a candidate will be named, it's looking like an announcement will probably be made in February."
A detailed description and updated timeline for the search can be viewed on the IHL website at www.ihl.state.ms.us/ieo/dsu.asp.
Hilpert, 64, announced his intention to retire after nine years as DSU's president.
In October 2010, the Board of Trustees of the Institutes of Higher Learning voted to extend Hilpert 's contract for another four years.
At the time of the renewal, the IHL said that Delta State had met enrollment and fundraising goals since Hilpert became president in 2003.
Hilpert previously served six years as the president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
During his 35-year career in higher education administration, he has also served as executive vice president and acting president of the University of South Dakota, vice president of Thiel College in Pennsylvania and executive assistant to the president of Suomi College, now Finlandia University, in Michigan.