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Jackson school takeover back on table under separate law

The state could take over three Mississippi school districts, including Jackson, because of poor academic performance. A Mississippi Department of Education panel recommended Wednesday to place the highest priority on taking over the Humphreys County and Noxubee County, but recommended that the state Board of Education also consider taking over Jackson schools. The board is scheduled to decide in December. ...

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Chef John David Forde set to run MGCCC’s City Line Café

Chef John David Forde of Starkville has been named chef for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s City Line Café. The restaurant is located in the Hospitality and Resort Management Center on DeBuys Road in Biloxi. Forde, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas, in 2012, has worked for James Beard award-winning chefs John Besh, Stephan Pyles and Michael ...

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McGee, Jenkins and Harrington take on new MSU development roles

Mississippi State University Foundation has added a new fundraiser for the university’s Division of Student Affairs, and two veteran team members take on new roles in athletics and the business college. Casey McGee has begun her new duties as assistant director of development for the Division of Student Affairs. The Starkville native joins the MSU fundraising team from a successful ...

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USM Chief Communication Officer Honored by Regional Public Relations Organization

Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) as a Senior Practitioner. The honor, which was bestowed on seven public relations professionals in the region this year, honors SPRF members who are “recognized by their peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.” SPRF is ...

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MSU’s Carl Small Town Center gains new director, community planner

Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center has selected its new leader and another member to the team. Leah F. Kemp was promoted to CSTC director in July, while Thomas R. Gregory III is the community planner. Prior to assuming the center’s directorship, Kemp served for six years as assistant director and one year as interim director. At MSU, she also ...

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MSU faculty member honored by national accounting organization

Associate Professor Bradley S. “Brad” Trinkle, a member of the Mississippi State University College of Business faculty, recently became one of four contributors receiving the first Best Paper Award of the Journal of Information Systems, academic publication of theAmerican Accounting Association’s Accounting Information Systems section. Since 2011, he has been a faculty member in the Richard C. Adkerson School of ...

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Haupt assumes new leadership role in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design

Jeffrey Haupt, who previously served as the painting concentration coordinator in the Department of Art, was recently named associate dean for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. The move allows Associate Dean Greg Hall to concentrate his work as interim director of the college’s Building Construction Science program. Haupt received his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana ...

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Moyen new leader of College of Education graduate department

Eric Moyen, a higher education administrator originally from Lexington, Ky., is the new leader of the Department of Educational Leadership, the graduate academic department at Mississippi State University’s College of Education. Moyen has served for the past 13 years at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., as professor of education and director of First Year Programs. He also was chair of ...

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MSU student financial aid department receives Regions Bank marketing honor

Mississippi State University’s Department of Student Financial Aid recently was honored with the Regions Bank Marketing Partner Rock Star Award for its role in promoting financial education. Pictured are, from left, Jay Willis, branch manager for Regions Bank in Starkville; Sammy Slaughter, senior vice president and city president for Regions Bank in Starkville; John Daniels, MSU financial literary coordinator; and ...

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