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1/21/2013 - Jackson, Miss.

WHAT: Mississippi’s largest universities are joining forces to announce the establishment of the “Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program,” a collaborative effort to enhance the recruitment and professional preparation of middle and high school teachers.

WHO: Dr. Daniel W. Jones, Chancellor, University of Mississippi, and Dr. Mark E. Keenum, President, Mississippi State University

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Board Room, Institutions of Higher Learning, Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Miss.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Dr. Jones and Dr. Keenum will be available to answer questions at the end of the announcement.

MORE INFORMATION: This program is designed to raise the prestige and perception of the teaching profession among undergraduates at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The goal of this program is to attract more academically talented students to the profession. With major support from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, program graduates will be required to teach in high-needs Mississippi school districts. The Hearin Foundation was established in the will of Robert M. Hearin Sr., the Mississippi Valley Gas Co. chairman and chief executive officer who died in 1992. The organization primarily supports the state’s universities and colleges and economic development.

CONTACT: Danny Blanton, Director of Public Relations, University of Mississippi, 662-915-1678 or

Sid Salter, Director of University Relations, Mississippi State University, 601-507-8004 or

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