Posts Tagged ‘Hank Bounds’

Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative […] [...]

Valley State decides to buy, not rent, modular housing

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University now plans to buy modular housing units, rather than lease them. The College Board approved the purchase plan. It had earlier approved a lease plan. Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds told the College Board that Valley will save money by purchasing because it will be able to resell […] [...]

Jackson State looking to buy apartments to house students

JACKSON — Jackson State University wants to buy a 444-bed apartment complex adjoining its campus. The College Board today voted to move toward leasing the Palisades apartment complex while keeping open options to buy it. The board gave Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds and board Finance Committee Chairman Ed Perry the power to work out […] [...]

Obama’s proposals for colleges get an ‘F’ from state education leaders

President Barack Obama has drawn the fire from college presidents around the country for a proposal to adopt a rating system for the nation’s colleges and universities that the President says its designed to combat rising college tuition costs and make colleges more accountable providing a quality education that results in students being able to […] [...]

College Board to ask lawmakers for 10-plus percent budget increase

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The College Board has voted to seek an additional $76.3 million in state funding for Mississippi’s eight public universities when the Legislature gathers next year to write the 2016 budget. That’s a 10.2 percent increase over the funding they will receive in the 2015 budget year. In the last two budgeting cycles, […] [...]

Valley State to rent modular units during dorm renovations

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University plans to lease modular housing units beginning next fall to offset a housing shortage during dormitory renovations. The College Board approved the plan, giving Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds approval over any final contract. In supporting documents, the university doesn’t list a price for the rentals, but says […] [...]

College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the […] [...]

Listening sessions scheduled as board looks for new ASU president

LORMAN — Members of the Board Search Committee appointed by College Board president Aubrey Patterson to lead the search for the next president of Alcorn State University will hear from constituency groups in Campus Listening Sessions Feb. 19. The discussions will center on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should […] [...]

College Board wants money for transition to new funding plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state’s eight public universities. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds of the College Board made the pitch yesterday to members of the House Appropriations Committee. However, after […] [...]

Alcorn president resigns as investigation continues

Above is former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II’s interview with the Mississippi Business Journal earlier this year … LORMAN — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced yesterday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Brown did not immediately […] [...]

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