Posts Tagged ‘Rodney Bennett’

MGCCC, USM strike new concurrent enrollment agreement

LONG BEACH — In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions. At a press conference held yesterday at The University of […] [...]

USM looking into possible identity theft by ex-staff member

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the Hattiesburg campus. USM President Rodney Bennett informed staff and faculty of the investigation by email yesterday. Bennett says the staff member at the focus of the allegations, whom he did not identify, has resigned. […] [...]

USM gets big check to build new pedestrian pathway

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus has received a major boost on after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the university. Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Facing tight funding, USM to unveil retention plan

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has only been on the job for six months, but he says his relationship with the university community has jumped off to a promising start. Bennett, the former vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, said his plan for student success at Southern […] [...]

OUR VIEW: USM makes right call by calling off tornado relief campaign

We have all seen the pictures, read the reports and heard the stories coming out of Moore, Okla. The cost of a massive tornado that battered the Oklahoma City suburb could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary official estimate. State authorities meanwhile said two infants were among the 24 people who perished […] [...]

Bennett becomes first black president of major Mississippi university

Dr. Rodney Bennett has been named the tenth president of the University of Southern Mississippi, making him the first African-American president of a non-historically black college in Mississippi. The board of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning announced the unanimous decision today. “I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected […] [...]

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