Posts Tagged ‘President’

College Board gives Keenum contract extension, raise

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has received a raise and a four-year contract extension. Minutes released by the College Board show members voted unanimously in closed session in October to raise Keenum’s salary from $429,000 to $454,700 a year, starting Nov. 1 when the contract extension took effect. The state is paying […] [...]

Barbour says ‘tar babies’ quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, […] [...]

Bounds, Ross make short list for next University of Nebraska president

JACKSON — The University of Nebraska’s presidential search committee has named four finalists to replace former President J.B. Milliken, and they include two men who have played prominent roles in Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning. The finalists announced today are Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner for higher education; George Ross, current president of Central Michigan University […] [...]

MSU’s Keenum chosen for SEC commissioner search committee

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has been named to a committee that will search for a new commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Commissioner Mike Slive announced last week he will retire from the post next July, after 13 years in that position. Others on the search committee are David Gearhart, chancellor of […] [...]

MSU dedicates research center to ex-President Portera

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University will dedicate a new research center for former school president Malcolm Portera. The Malcolm A. Portera High Performance Computing Center will be located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. The dedication is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow. In addition to Portera, other speakers will include current […] [...]

Bynum to be sworn in as MVSU’s seventh president

ITTA BENA — William B. Bynum Jr., Ph.D., will be sworn in as the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University on Oct. 17. The investiture ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium, and will include a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests and faculty and staff, with a closed reception […] [...]

New Jersey Gov. Christie plans visit to Coast next month

BILOXI — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be swinging through the South as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting fellow GOP candidates. Christie, a Republican who has been crossing the country in his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association, is planning August visits to more than half a dozen states, […] [...]

USM finally holds inauguration ceremony for Bennett

HATTIESBURG — More than a year after he took the reins at the University of Southern Mississippi, President Rodney Bennett has been officially inaugurated. Bennett is being hailed as the first black person to lead a historically white university in Mississippi. The 10th president of the 15,000-student university has already faced a major challenge, leading […] [...]

MSU’s Gilbert named finalist for Austin Peay presidency

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University provost and executive vice president Jerry Gilbert is a finalist for the president of Austin Peay State University. Others are Southern Utah University provost Bradley Cook, Florida College System chancellor Randall Hanna and University of Texas at Tyler provost Alisa White. The Tennessee Board of Regents this past week selected […] [...]

Diamondhead Casino names new chairman/president

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead Casino Corporation (DHCC), which has been trying to build a casino resort on its 404-acre property in Diamondhead for more than a decade, has appointed Ted Arneault, formerly chairman, president and CEO of MTR Gaming Group Inc., as chairman of the board of the company and president and CEO of Casino World […] [...]

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