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4/19/2018 - Jackson, Miss.

State Senator Hillman Frazier presented a concurrent resolution recognizing the university system leadership of Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce at the Board of Trustees meeting held today in Jackson. Senate Concurrent Resolution 622 was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives during the recent Regular Legislative Session, recognizing Dr. Boyce upon the occasion of his retirement.

Named Commissioner of Higher Education April 17, 2015, Dr. Boyce has had a tremendous impact on secondary and post-secondary education in the state. The resolution noted that Dr. Boyce has provided leadership for the university system, which serves more than 95,000 students, with almost 28,000 faculty and staff, 1,666 buildings with 36.7 million square feet and received $420.7 million in external research funding, which supported 2,407 projects in the last fiscal year.

"WHEREAS, under his leadership, the university system has set record enrollment, has seen record number of degrees awarded, launched a statewide program to increase the number of degree holders in the state exponentially, worked to be more responsive to the needs of business and industry, and has streamlined operations to increase efficiencies," the resolution reads in part.

The resolution also recognizes Dr. Boyce's leadership in the development of the Mississippi Business Engagement Network (MBEN) and the Complete 2 Compete (C2C) initiative.

"I greatly appreciate Sen. Frazier and his colleagues who sponsored the resolution," said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. "I thank them for this unexpected recognition and for their unwavering support of the university system."

Prior to being named Commissioner, Dr. Boyce served as Associate Commissioner of Academic Affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning. He joined IHL after serving as President of Holmes Community College for more than nine years.

Dr. Boyce served for several years as Co-Chair of the Education Achievement Council, working collaboratively with all levels of education, state leaders and the business community to increase educational attainment in the state. Dr. Boyce served as a trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation.

Dr. Boyce holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree in education administration from Mississippi College and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Mississippi.

The resolution concludes, "WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we commend this record of higher education achievement and legacy of leadership by an individual held in the highest esteem by his colleagues in the university system.

"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby recognize the university system leadership of Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce upon the occasion of his retirement, and extend our best wishes to Dr. Boyce and his family for future success."

Dr. Boyce will continue to serve as Commissioner of Higher Education through June 30, 2018.

Senator Hillman Frazier (right) presents a copy of Senate Concurrent Resolution 622, which was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives during the recent Regular Legislative Session, to Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce. The resolution recognizes Dr. Boyce upon the occasion of his retirement.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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