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USM narrows V.P. candidates, to dedicate building

LONG BEACH — The search committee for the vice president of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast position has narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists, including Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze; Dr. Frances Lucas and Dr. Andrew Rogerson.

The vice president for Southern Miss Gulf Coast position replaces the associate provost for Southern Miss Gulf Coast post, currently held by Dr. Pat Joachim whose retirement from the university is effective June 30. The vice president for Southern Miss Gulf Coast is CEO for the university’s Gulf Coast operations and reports directly to Southern Miss president Martha Saunders.

Boze, who is currently senior fellow for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is a marketing professor at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio. She previously served as the university’s campus dean and CEO.

Lucas, selected as the first female president for Millsaps College, previously worked in administrative positions at Emory University, Baldwin-Wallace College and Mississippi State University.

Rogerson currently serves as professor of biology and dean for the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University in Fresno.

Over the next two weeks, the candidates will visit Southern Miss Gulf Coast to meet with university constituents. Boze will visit April 15, Lucas April 20 and Rogerson April 21.

In a separate item, nearly 10 years after Southern Miss hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced Education Center on the Gulf Park campus, the building will soon be dedicated and named for the university’s seventh president, Dr. Horace W. Fleming.

The building dedication to name the Horace Weldon Fleming Jr. Education Center will be April 23 at 3 p.m. at the Long Beach campus. The public is invited to attend.

Fleming, who died in May 2009, served as president of Southern Miss from 1997-2001 during which freshman and sophomore courses were introduced at the university’s Gulf Park campus.

In Oct. 2000, the university broke ground for the $13.3-million construction project that included both the Advanced Education Center and library at the Gulf Park campus.

The Advanced Education Center features 20 regular classrooms; four computer laboratories; two interactive video network rooms; a conference room; and a 500-seat auditorium.

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