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College Board to ask lawmakers for 10-plus percent budget increase

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The College Board has voted to seek an additional $76.3 million in state funding for Mississippi’s eight public universities when the Legislature gathers next year to write the 2016 budget. That’s a 10.2 percent increase over the funding they will receive in the 2015 budget year. In the last two budgeting cycles, universities have asked for smaller ...

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Valley State to rent modular units during dorm renovations

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University plans to lease modular housing units beginning next fall to offset a housing shortage during dormitory renovations. The College Board approved the plan, giving Higher Education Chancellor Hank Bounds approval over any final contract. In supporting documents, the university doesn’t list a price for the rentals, but says it will rent 50 to ...

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Board approves MUW's request to waive out-of-state tuition

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi University for Women will expand its waivers of out-of-state tuition charges. The university won College Board approval to waive the higher charges for all residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee; active military members, their spouses and children; students within an academic year of completing a degree; and children and grandchildren of alumni. In-state undergraduate tuition ...

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Belhaven gets approval to start nuring program

JACKSON — State officials are initially approving Belhaven University’s plan to start a nursing program. The College Board voted to allow the private Jackson university to start admitting students this fall to a program that will let them earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The board will still have to give final approval to the program as the first class ...

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College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the board to seek a total ...

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Keeton to retire next year as head of UMMC

JACKSON — The head of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has announced his retirement. Dr. James Keeton said today that he will retire as of June 30, 2015. Keeton, a pediatric urologist, has been vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine since July 2009. He’s worked at UMMC since 2002. Ole ...

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MSU approved to build new dorms, road totaling $74.2M

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls. The College Board approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans. The dorms would replace the existing 220-bed Evans Hall, a four-story red brick ...

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Valley gets approval to renovate long-vacant dorm

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University expects to spend $4.75 million to renovate a dormitory that’s been vacant for 10 years. The College Board approved the university’s overall plan for work on College Hall. A fire on the Itta Bena campus damaged the 170-bed men’s residence hall in 2004, leading Valley to stop using the building. The university put ...

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Tupelo mayor chooses Hooper to lead city's development

TUPELO — €” Mayor Jason Shelton is nominating a prominent Tupelo businessman to be the city’s next development services director. The nominee, Shane Hooper, 44, is a member of the state College Board and current chairman of the Tupelo-based Community Development Foundation. He is president of the educational support services company, Success Learning Inc., which he created in 2005. BJ ...

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SKD seeking lease from UMMC for mixed-used development

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to lease 4.4 acres on the north edge of its Jackson campus to a developer who wants to build a 224-unit apartment complex with ground-level stores and offices. The College Board approved the lease yesterday. If Attorney General Jim Hood’s office also approves, SKD Development plans to go forward with the ...

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