Ex-USM president and polymer science pioneer quietly retires
Published: July 6,2012
HATTIESBURG — Shelby Thames, a pioneer in polymer sciences and a former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, has retired. That’s according to an announcement from the school.
Thames founded USM’s research program in polymer science. He was university president for five years, from 2002-2007.
The Hattiesburg American reports Thames retired last week with no formal announcement.
In 1970, Thames convinced then-President William McCain to let him start a one-man department of polymer sciences — then a novelty among research universities. During the next two decades, Thames built that one-man show into a prestigious program.
But his tenure as president was marked by a contentious relationship with the school’s faculty members, many of whom criticized his leadership style as autocratic.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Baseball stadium for Farish Street? It’s possible
- White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi
- Guns OK inside Mississippi polling places, attorney general says
- Deal for Jackson-Orlando flights in works with Allegiant
- State GOP chairman calls on McDaniel to hurry with challenge
- Supreme Court deals blow to McDaniel's election challenge
- McCarthy hired as CFO of Mississippi Development Authority
- 'Get on Up' movie premiers in Madison with Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor walking the red carpet
- Explosion at Coast fish plant leaves one dead, three injured
- Former Gov. Musgrove pushing lawsuit to school districts