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2/16/2007 - Jackson, Miss.

The Search Advisory Committee for the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi has elected its representatives to join the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, and the search consultant throughout the entire candidate interview process. In addition to Dr. Peter J. Fos, professor and dean of the College of Health, who will serve by virtue of his role as chairman of the Search Advisory Committee, six other members of the Search Advisory Committee have been selected, including: Dr. Denise von Herrmann, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, representing the University’s administrators; Dr. Alvin Williams, professor of management and marketing, and Dr. Myron Henry, professor of mathematics and chair of the Faculty Senate, both representing the University’s faculty; Ms. Wynde Fitts, director of the Freshman Year Experience and chair of the Staff Council, representing the University’s staff; Mr. Gene Gouaux, president of the Student Government Association, representing the University’s student body; and Ms. Lou Ann Poynter, president elect of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association representing the University’s external constituencies.

IHL'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, click here.

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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