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3/7/2008 - Jackson, Miss.

Following a meeting with President of Mississippi State University Dr. Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong and an emergency teleconference meeting of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith announced his acceptance of President Foglesong's resignation, effective June 30, 2008.

"This is a major loss for our System and for Mississippi State University," said Commissioner Meredith. "Under Dr. Foglesong's leadership, Mississippi State is currently enjoying its best year in many years, which is evidenced by its enrollment growth, its increase in research productivity, and numerous other positive changes at the institution."

Commissioner Meredith continued, "President Foglesong stated he had a number of goals for Mississippi State when he arrived, which have primarily been accomplished. He feels that now is an appropriate time for a transition in leadership."

"The Board is very appreciative of the many accomplishments of Dr. Foglesong and we wish him the very best," said President of the Board Dr. L. Stacy Davidson.

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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