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New USM president raises mininum annual salary

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has announced a new minimum salary of $21,000 a year to go into effect July 1. Currently 194 employees, many of them in custodial positions, make below that amount. Bennett called the salary hikes “the right thing to do.” He said that many employees work second and third jobs to make ...

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MC, Chinese university sign exchange agreement

CLINTON — Mississippi College and Hubei Polytechnic University in China have agreed to faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement sets up a “2 plus 2 degree” program where a student would spend the first two years at HBPU and the last two years taking classes at MC. Others would involve Hubei junior faculty sponsored by the ...

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Ex-USM instructor files lawsuit with multiple allegations

HATTIESBURG — A former University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has brought numerous civil claims against the university, asking for reinstatement and unspecified actual and compensatory damages in a lawsuit removed to U.S. District Court. The Hattiesburg American reports Bonnie Gerald also lists former university president Martha Saunders, former provost Robert Lyman and faculty members Kathy Yadrick and Mike Forster ...

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President, senators eliminate graduate dean position at Alcorn

LORMAN — Alcorn State University president M. Christopher Brown II along with members of the faculty and staff senates have agreed to eliminate the dean position of the School of Graduate Studies and disburse the duties among the academic schools and Office of the Provost in an effort to promote efficiencies. Brown said, “Students earn degrees in an academic area ...

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Grand opening of Insight Park set for next week

OXFORD — University of Mississippi officials are set to celebrate the grand opening of Insight Park, a world-class research park, at 3 p.m. April 5 on Insight Park Avenue (formerly Hathorn Road). The research park provides a place where technology and research-based companies can work with the university’s research faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research ...

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Ole Miss first to utilize new Mississippi Optical Network

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi is the first entity to begin using the new Mississippi Optical Network, referred to as MissiON. The network serves the Mississippi Research Consortium, which includes UM, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University. The network also serves the UM Medical Center, the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, the ...

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Bryant's proposed budget could mean higher tuition at two-year schools

JACKSON — The leaders of Mississippi’s community college system say that the 5.5 percent cut in their budget proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant could lead to higher tuition, bigger classes and more part-time instructors. They say any decrease in funding would only aggravate a money crisis that the colleges have been struggling with, as the recession drove more students into ...

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USM employees placed on leave pending review of missing computers

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi officials are reviewing possible errors in the implementation of the Southern Miss U-Tab pilot program. Three Southern Miss employees have been placed on administrative leave pending a completion of the review: chief information officer Homer Coffman, director of procurement and contract services Mike Herndon and Dr. Bob Lyman, who resigned his position as provost ...

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Some Valley faculty oppose no-confidence vote on Oliver

ITTA BENA — Some faculty members at Mississippi Valley State University say they were shocked, insulted and embarrassed by the Faculty Senate’s no-confidence vote against President Donna Oliver and her administration. Their loudest grievance is that nobody asked them what they thought, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Theater director Barbara Baymon and political professor Larry Chappell both say it’s incorrect to say ...

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Advisory committee named to find new MUW president

COLUMBUS — Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds has unveiled the Campus Search Advisory Committee to aid in the search for the next president of Mississippi University for Women. The members of the Mississippi University for Women Campus Search Advisory Committee include: Renee Flynt, Emily Myers Garner, Ruth Jones, Brandon Newsome, Andrea Overby representing the Alumni/Foundation; faculty and ...

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