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Merger out, consolidation in

MSU, MUW look to cut costs together While legislation that would have merged Mississippi University for Women (MUW) into Mississippi State University (MSU) did not pass out of the Mississippi Legislature this year, the two public universities have begun a State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)-directed consolidation of programs due to state budget cuts. The two universities have already struck ...

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Education funding a case for exceptionalism

Should Mississippi make an exception to education when it comes to budget-cutting? Even asking the question invites controversy.  Yet, now is the time that the question must be asked because the stakes are so high when it comes to the future of the state. And, now is the time that something exceptional must be considered by Mississippi’s besieged policy makers. ...

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No regrets

Limbert reflects on MUW presidency Dr. Claudia Limbert had been president of Mississippi University for Women (MUW) for a mere four months when a tornado ripped through the historic campus. It was a bad wind – literally and figuratively. “And, I was the university’s 13th president,” Limbert said with a laugh. It would be the first of many “storms” that ...

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District gets emergency declaration

OKOLONA — Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency exists in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District, authorizing the state Department of Education to take immediate corrective action. “After reviewing documentation provided by the state Department of Education, I am convinced that existing conditions in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District jeopardize the educational interests of the children ...

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Researchers focused on plant disease

STARKVILLE — Black root rot, a fungal disease that infects cotton and soybeans, may be affecting more soybean acres across the Delta, and Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers are working to prevent its impact. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers Gabe Sciumbato and Tom Allen have been conducting laboratory studies to learn more about the disease, which has not ...

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MVSU looking to boost enrollment

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) has faced some obstacles lately — lower enrollment, budget cuts and talk about mergers, for example — but one administrator says he has plans for turning things around. “We will be facing challenges based on the information presented about the possibility of merger and budget cuts, but we are working on a ...

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IHL deliberating new juco policy

JACKSON — The process for community and junior college (CJC) students with an associate of arts to transfer to one of Mississippi’s eight public universities may get easier under a new policy being considered by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Initially approved at the board meeting Feb. 18, the new policy clarifies the ...

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Workforce center receives federal grant

SUMMIT — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the award of a $4.8-million federal grant to support the rebuilding and expansion of the Regional Workforce Training Center at Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) in Summit. The award represents an investment by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the planned $6-million project, which will expand the center ...

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Vinson selected as district's conservator

OKOLONA — The state Board of Education was expected to name former Tupelo school superintendent Mike Vinson today as the conservator of the struggling Okolona School District. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports state superintendent Tom Burnham recommended Vinson for the job. Under the state law, the governor has to declare a state of emergency before a district can be ...

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Putt named new CEO of UHHC

JACKSON — David Putt has been appointed CEO of University Hospitals and Health System (UHHS) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). A retired Naval officer, Putt joined UMMC in 1995. He earned a certificate as a radiologic technologist, an associate degree at George Washington University, a B.S. at the State University of New York and a master’s in ...

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