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1/26/2007 - Jackson, Miss.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith has appointed Dr. Denise K. von Herrmann to The University of Southern Mississippi Search Advisory Committee.  Dr. von Herrmann fills the vacancy left by the untimely death of Dr. Elliott Pood. The Search Advisory Committee is charged with assisting the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with its search for the next president of The University of Southern Mississippi.


Dr. von Herrmann was recently appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Southern Miss.  She previously served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Letters and as interim dean of the Gulf Coast.  A public policy expert, Dr. von Herrmann has focused her research and writings on the political and economic impacts of the casino gambling industry. 

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, 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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