Mississippi Public Universities
Finance and Administration
Phil Cumberland
Procurement and Property Officer
Telephone: 601.432.6315

Susan Erickson
Human Resources Administrator
Telephone: 601.432.6134

Chris Halliwell
Chief Audit Executive
Telephone: 601.432.6561

Edwin Hill
Director of Printing and Mail Services
Telephone: 601.432.6396

Cathy Huff
Director Support Operations
Telephone: 601.432.6316

Mary Elizabeth Jackson
Contracts Administrator
Telephone: 601.432.7032

Holly Johnson
Director of Accounting
Telephone: 601.432.6178

Lenora Johnson
Senior Accounting Specialist
Telephone: 601.432.6452

Renotta Jones
Operations and Program Administrator
Telephone: 601.432.6664

Shirley Kelly
Contracts and Grants Accountant
Telephone: 601.432.6521

Shirley Mitchell
Financial Aid Advisor
Telephone: 601.432.6668

John Pearce Jr.
Associate Commissioner for Finance & Administration
Telephone: 601.432.6122

Christina Rushing
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 601.432.6147

Ted Sledge
Senior Financial Analyst
Telephone: 601.432.6758

Sherry Smith
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Telephone: 601.432.6646

Bob Taylor
Printing Assistant
Telephone: 601.432.6396

Betty Tinsley
Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Telephone: 601.432.6212

D'Anna White
Director of University Financial Analysis
Telephone: 601.432.6142

The Office of Finance and Administration acknowledges its responsibility for appropriate stewardship of financial resources from the State of Mississippi, students, and sources external to the institutions. Recognizing the value of each of our eight institutions being diverse entities, the institutions also function as part of a system of higher education. To that end, the Office of Finance and Administration is committed to leading the formation of a collaborative environment with the institutions in order to maximize financial resources and purchasing opportunities among the institutions, proactively address current issues that impact the business and finance arena; and increase efficiencies by streamlining the focus of the individual institutions' resources to deliver services and financial data.
As the chief administrative and financial officer at the Executive Office, the Associate Commissioner leads the development and management of the annual operating budget and multi-year projection models, including monitoring and reporting to the Board of Trustees and the Commissioner.
The responsibilities of the office include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Preparing and controlling the Executive Office Budget;
  • Establishing and operating an adequate system of accounting and financial reporting;
  • Operating a human resource program for employees;
  • Procuring service, supplies, and equipment;
  • Controlling property inventories;
  • Managing the receipt, custody, and disbursement of funds;
  • Managing the auxiliary services;
  • Risk management of the system;
  • Financial integrity of the system; and
  • Administration of the state student financial aid.
The following areas report to the Associate Commissioner for Finance and Administration: