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9/18/2012 - Jackson, Miss

University of Southern Mississippi Board Search Committee Chair Robin Robinson and members announced today the Campus Search Advisory Committee to aid in the search for the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The confirmed members of the University of Southern Mississippi Campus Search Advisory Committee include:

Rosemary Aultman, Chuck Scianna, Bonnie Warren, Cindy Williams, Rex Kelly, Lou Ann Poynter, Angie Cognevich Collins, Randy Pope

Faculty & Staff
Tom Lansford, Shelia White, Mary Adams, Anthony Bell, Jennifer Brannock, Kimberly Davis, Sheila Davis, Desmond Fletcher, Gwen Pate, Fei Xue, Kenny Zantow, Eric Powell, Heather Brown, April Jordan, Sheri Rawls, Frederick Varnado, Vernon Asper, Mary Lux, Michael Miles, Paula Smithka, Rod Posey

Retired Faculty
Alvin Williams

Jazmyne Butler, Ameer Jackson, Laura Perry

Community Members
Johnny Atherton, Kim Bradley, Johnny Dupree, David Hogan, Ralph Simmons

In addition, others have been invited to serve on the committee that may be added to the confirmed membership list at a later date. Lou Ann Poynter will serve as chair.

“The Board is grateful to all of those who volunteered to serve or nominated someone for this important committee,” said Robin Robinson, Chair of the USM Board Search Committee. “We have a stellar group to help us identify the best possible person to lead Southern Miss to the top.”

The USM Campus Search Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, for a dinner and organizational meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Ogletree Alumni House, located on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, located at 118 College Drive, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Members of the Campus Search Advisory Committee will participate in the campus listening sessions, which will include discussions on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should possess.

Members of the Campus Search Advisory Committee will also participate in campus listening sessions on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. The discussions will center on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should possess.

The Campus Listening Sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. on the Hattiesburg Campus. Listening Sessions will also be held on the Gulf Park Campus from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. While all sessions are open to the public, each session focuses on the needs of a specific constituency group.

University of Southern Mississippi Presidential Search
Listening Sessions
Wednesday, September 19, 2012




7:30 a.m.

Community Leaders

Cochran Center, Room 216
121 West Memorial Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39046

8:30 a.m.

President’s Cabinet

Cochran Center, Room 214

9:00 a.m.

Deans and Senior Program Officers Division Chairs and Department Heads

Cochran Center, Room 218

9:30 a.m.

Faculty and Staff*

Cochran Center, Room 218

10:00 a.m.


Cochran Center, Room 218

10:30 a.m.

Alumni and Foundations (USM, Athletic, Research) *

Cochran Center, Room 218

11:00 a.m.

Open Meeting for Campus and Community*

Cochran Center, Room 218




3:00 p.m.

USM Gulf Coast Students, Faculty and Staff*

Fleming Education Center Auditorium
Gulf Park Campus
730 East Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, MS 39560

4:00 p.m.

USM Gulf Coast Alumni, Foundation and Community*

Fleming Education Center Auditorium

*Sessions will be webcast.

For information on the application process, visit the Parker Executive Search Web site.

For more information and to track progress on the presidential searches, visit the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s Web site.

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