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BOARD SEARCH COMMITTEE TO MEET WITH SOUTHERN MISS CONSTITUENCY GROUPS

11/3/2006 - Jackson, Miss.

The Board Search Committee for the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi, chaired by Trustee Robin Robinson, along with Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith and executive search consultant Dr. Jan Greenwood of Greenwood & Associates, Inc., will meet with various Southern Miss constituency groups on Thursday, November 9, 2006, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, 121 West Memorial Drive, Hattiesburg, MS, 39406, to hear what qualities the Southern Miss community is looking for in their next university president. These qualities will be used to draft the profile and job description for the position of president at Southern Miss. Members of the Southern Miss Board Search Committee include Committee Chair and Trustee Robin Robinson of Laurel; Trustee Ed Blakeslee of Gulfport; Trustee Virginia Shanteau Newton of Gulfport; Trustee Bob Owens of Jackson; and Trustee Scott Ross of West Point. All meetings are open to the media. The schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

7:30-8:15 a.m.:  Breakfast with Vice Presidents; Presidential Suite, Thad Cochran Center

8:20-8:50 a.m.:  Listening session with Southern Miss Deans; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

8:50-9:20 a.m.:  Listening session with Southern Miss Athletics; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

9:20-10:05 a.m.:  Listening session with Southern Miss Academic Council, Graduate Council, Council of Chairs, University Libraries, and Gulf Coast Research Lab; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

10:10-10:55 a.m.: Listening session with Southern Miss Faculty and Staff; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

2:00-2:45 p.m.: Listening session with Southern Miss Faculty Senate, Gulf Coast Faculty Council, Staff Council, and American Association of University Professors; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

2:45-3:25 p.m.: Listening session with Southern Miss Undergraduate and Graduate Student Leaders; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

3:25-3:55 p.m.: Listening session with Southern Miss Foundation and the Mayor of Hattiesburg; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

3:55-4:25 p.m.: Listening session with Southern Miss Alumni Association; Thad Cochran Center, Room 218

Members of the general public interested in submitting their ideas on the qualities of the next president of Southern Miss may do so by visiting http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/ieo_search/usm/usm_ieo_search.html. The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning's institutional executive officer search process allows Mississippi to be on the consideration list of the highest caliber professionals in higher education. The process is open, transparent and representative-based, and works in accordance with today's recruitment standards for high-level institutions of higher learning. For more information on the University of Southern Mississippi institutional executive officer search process, including a timeline of events, visit http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/ieo_search.html.

Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, IHL 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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