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Author Archives: Amy McCullough

Q&A: Denny Bruns, River Oaks Hospital

Dennis R. “Denny” Bruns has served as president and CEO/president of River Oaks Hospital for more than three years. Bruns earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s in health care administration degree from Indiana University.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to joining River Oaks, he served as president and CEO of ...

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Saving on travel expenses via technology — Solutions better, easier, cheaper

What does Iran have to do with Mississippi? Controversy over the country’s nuclear program has caused oil prices to rise again. When oil prices spike, gasoline prices do, too, and that means higher travel expenses for businesses nationwide. Mississippi businesses are increasingly saving on travel costs by embracing web and video conferencing technologies. They are also saving hours that would ...

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Q&A Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood

Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood Thomas Gregory is the chief administrative officer for the city of Greenwood and one of his home town’s biggest fans. Gregory earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in business administration and a master’s in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His hobby is ...

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Charter school bill passes House ed committee

The House Education Committee passed its version of the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 (HB 888) yesterday and is expected to vote on it next week. The Senate passed charter schools legislation in the form of SB 2401 last week. See a summary of some key similarities and differences below. The House bill contains many provisions similar to ...

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Rob Adams: Faculty member, University of Texas at Austin

Rob Adams is on the faculty of the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also director of Texas Venture Labs. Dr. Adams a former software executive, entrepreneur and institutional fund manager. He has served on many corporate boards, and has founded or financed more than 40 companies which have launched more than 100 products ...

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Rating 'successful' public schools

The charter school bill debate has brought attention to the way the Mississippi Department of Education rates the achievement of its school districts. (Scroll to end of post for detailed MDE information.) Despite the fact that a school district may contain a majority of poorly performing schools, the MDE will still label it as “successful,” as long as a majority ...

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Charter school bill passes MS Senate

Amendment to limit charters to under-performing districts fails After nearly five hours of debate the Republicans in the state Senate passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 by a vote of 34-17, largely split down party lines. The House is expected to introduce its own charter schools bill this week. Senate Bill 2401, sponsored by Sen. Gray Tollison, ...

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Sen. Ed Committee passes charter school legislation

The Senate Education Committee passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 this morning. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate. Charter schools are open-enrollment public schools that are freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for accountability for producing certain results. Senate Bill 2401, introduce by ...

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William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine — Interest in the college is growing

William Carey University in Hattiesburg opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) in fall 2010, and interest in Mississippi’s second medical school is growing. The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson produces more than 100 doctors annually. WCU-COM will soon be doing the same — only their graduates will be DOs, or doctors of osteopathic medicine. Dean of the ...

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Q&A: Jim Raines, president and CTO, Synergetics DCS Inc.

Jim Raines is founder, president and chief technical officer of Synergetics DCS, Inc., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Raines is a Starkville native who earned a degree in management information systems from Mississippi State University. Synergetics which was named one of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2011 and 2009 by Inc. Magazine. The company has offices ...

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