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USM interim vice president to lead Gulf Park campus

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LONG BEACH — Steve Miller, interim vice president at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, is the new leader of the school. USM President Rodney Bennett announced the appointment Tuesday. Miller had been interim vice president of the degree-granting campus for a year. “When this position first became available last year, I had every intention ...

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MSU grad gets turfgrass fellowship

Mississippi State University graduate student Phillip Vines presents results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day.

A Mississippi State graduate student from Philadelphia is receiving a fellowship from the national turfgrass industry. Phillip L. Vines has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. He is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Funded ...

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William Carey inducts 4 into Alumni Hall of Fame

Four inductees into William Carey University’s Hall of Fame were, from left, Dr. Eric Joseph Williams, Carl Merritt Jr., William Carey President Dr. Tommy King, Dr. Adam Breerwood and Vermester Jackson Bester.

William Carey University inducted four graduates  into the Alumni Hall of Fame during a banquet at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg March 27. » Dr. Adam Breerwood is a two-time graduate of Carey, earning a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1997 and a master’s degree in education in 1999. He earned his doctoral degree in higher education ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

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HATTIESBURG — Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores

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In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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College Board names Ole Miss provost, Morris Stocks, as interim leader

University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan, left, who gave the commencement address, and University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones laugh at the University of Mississippi graduation ceremony at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.   (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle)

JACKSON — The College Board has named University of Mississippi Provost Morris Stocks to lead the university on an interim basis beginning June 15. After the board refused to renew his contract, Chancellor Dan Jones wasn’t scheduled to step down until Sept. 15. But Jones says he will take leave beginning June 15, and Stocks will assume his authority then. ...

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Bryant tells grads there is a ‘bit of Superman in us all’

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POPLARVILLE — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is encouraging community college graduates to find their inner superhero. The Sun Herald reports that Bryant spoke Thursday during commencement at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. He told the crowd that he believes “there’s a little bit of Superman in us all.” He says he became a Superman fan when he was a ...

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Oxford educator Jeff Clay honored

Oxford Middle School Principal Jeff Clay is the 2015 Oxford School District Administrator of the Year. He was presented with the professional recognition award at the district’s Board of Trustees March meeting. OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey says Clay “is truly one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with. He created his own professional learning ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results

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The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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Daily Journal editor to head education foundation

TUPELO — Lloyd Gray, executive editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 23 years, is leaving the newspaper to become executive director of The Phil Hardin Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday in the newspaper by Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster. Foster says no decision has been made on Gray’s successor. “Lloyd is an outstanding editor and an ...

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