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College Board gives Keenum contract extension, raise

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has received a raise and a four-year contract extension. Minutes released by the College Board show members voted unanimously in closed session in October to raise Keenum’s salary from $429,000 to $454,700 a year, starting Nov. 1 when the contract extension took effect. The state is paying half of the new salary, ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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Bounds, Ross make short list for next University of Nebraska president

JACKSON — The University of Nebraska’s presidential search committee has named four finalists to replace former President J.B. Milliken, and they include two men who have played prominent roles in Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning. The finalists announced today are Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner for higher education; George Ross, current president of Central Michigan University and former president of Alcorn ...

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MSU's Keenum chosen for SEC commissioner search committee

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has been named to a committee that will search for a new commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Commissioner Mike Slive announced last week he will retire from the post next July, after 13 years in that position. Others on the search committee are David Gearhart, chancellor of the University of Arkansas; Judith ...

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MSU dedicates research center to ex-President Portera

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University will dedicate a new research center for former school president Malcolm Portera. The Malcolm A. Portera High Performance Computing Center will be located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. The dedication is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow. In addition to Portera, other speakers will include current President Mark E. Keenum; David ...

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Bynum to be sworn in as MVSU's seventh president

ITTA BENA — William B. Bynum Jr., Ph.D., will be sworn in as the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University on Oct. 17. The investiture ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium, and will include a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests and faculty and staff, with a closed reception following the ceremony. A native ...

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New Jersey Gov. Christie plans visit to Coast next month

BILOXI — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be swinging through the South as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting fellow GOP candidates. Christie, a Republican who has been crossing the country in his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association, is planning August visits to more than half a dozen states, including Mississippi and Alabama, his ...

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Bagley succeeding Kelley as president/COO of BancorpSouth

One of Mississippi’s banks has a new president. The board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. has selected Chris A. Bagley as the next president and COO of BancorpSouth Inc. and BancorpSouth Bank. Bagley will succeed James V. Kelley upon his previously announced retirement on Aug. 15. Bagley, who joined BancorpSouth earlier this year as an executive vice president, was previously ...

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Boyce stepping down as president of community college

GOODMAN — The president of Holmes Community College will be stepping down on June 30 to become associate commissioner for academic affairs with the Institutions of Higher Learning. Glenn Boyce has been president at Holmes since 2005. The junior college’s main campus is in Goodman with branches in Ridgeland, Kosciusko and Grenada. Before being named president of Holmes, Boyce was ...

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USM finally holds inauguration ceremony for Bennett

HATTIESBURG — More than a year after he took the reins at the University of Southern Mississippi, President Rodney Bennett has been officially inaugurated. Bennett is being hailed as the first black person to lead a historically white university in Mississippi. The 10th president of the 15,000-student university has already faced a major challenge, leading the recovery of the Hattiesburg ...

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