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4/17/2008 - Jackson, Miss.

The Board Search Committee for the next president of Mississippi State University, chaired by Trustee Scott Ross, along with Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, will meet with various Mississippi State constituency groups on Monday, April 28, 2008, beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus, 1 Hunter Henry Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS, 39762, to hear what qualities the Mississippi State 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 Mississippi State University. Members of the Mississippi State Board Search Committee include Committee Chair and Trustee Scott Ross of West Point; Trustee Ed Blakeslee of Gulfport; Trustee Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo; Trustee Robin Robinson of Laurel; and Trustee C. D. Smith of Meridian. All meetings are open to the media. The schedule, subject to change, is below:

7:45-8:45 a.m.:  Breakfast and listening session with Vice Presidents and Athletic Director; Shackouls Room, Hunter Henry Center


9:00-9:45 a.m.:  Listening session Deans and Associate Deans; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


9:45-10:30 a.m.:  Listening session with Faculty Senate Advisory Group; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


10:30-11:15 a.m.:  Listening session with Academic and Non-Academic Department Heads; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


11:15 a.m.-noon: Listening session with General Faculty; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


12:15-1:10 p.m.: Lunch and listening session with the Bulldog Club Board of Directors; Shackouls Room, Hunter Henry Center


1:15-1:45 p.m.: Listening session with Professional and Support Staff Advisory Council and Staff Members; Parker Ballroom;  Hunter Henry Center


1:45-2:30 p.m.: Listening session with the Division of Agriculture; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


2:30-3:15 p.m.: Listening session with MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


3:15-4:00 p.m.: Listening session with MSU Alumni, Community Leaders, and General Public; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center


4:00-4:30 p.m.: Listening session with MSU Foundation Board of Directors; Shackouls Room; Hunter Henry Center


4:30-5:00 p.m.: Listening session with Undergraduate and Graduate Student Leaders and General Student Body; Parker Ballroom; Hunter Henry Center

 *All sessions in Parker Ballroom will be webcast; link to be provided on Mississippi State main web page closer to April 28.

**Interactive video links and locations will be provided to MSU-Meridian, MSU Extension, and MSU-MAFES employees on the Mississippi State main web page closer to April 28.


Members of the general public interested in submitting their ideas on the qualities of the next president of Mississippi State may do so by visiting http://www.mississippi.edu/ieo. 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 Board’s institutional executive officer search process, including a timeline of events, visit http://www.mississippi.edu/ieo/.


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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