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USM provost Wiesenburg returns to Marine Science faculty

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi Provost Denis Wiesenburg has resigned from his position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Hattiesburg American reports he will return to the faculty in the Department of Marine Science, effective July 1. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett said he had accepted Wiesenburg’s resignation. “(I) thank him for his service not only ...

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Enrollment rises at state's public universities, but falls at community colleges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Enrollment rose slightly for the fall semester at Mississippi’s eight public universities, but fell for the fourth straight year at the state’s 15 community colleges. Preliminary counts released yesterday show the number of students rose 1.1 percent at universities to 79,909 overall and fell 1.8 percent at the community colleges to 76,266. Students flocked to Mississippi’s community ...

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MGCCC, USM strike new concurrent enrollment agreement

LONG BEACH — In an effort to increase higher education opportunities for students, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi have entered into a new concurrent enrollment agreement allowing students in select academic programs to seamlessly complete degrees from both institutions. At a press conference held yesterday at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus ...

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USM looking into possible identity theft by ex-staff member

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the Hattiesburg campus. USM President Rodney Bennett informed staff and faculty of the investigation by email yesterday. Bennett says the staff member at the focus of the allegations, whom he did not identify, has resigned. He says the University Police ...

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USM gets big check to build new pedestrian pathway

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus has received a major boost on after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the university. Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation as part of a grant, ...

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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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Facing tight funding, USM to unveil retention plan

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has only been on the job for six months, but he says his relationship with the university community has jumped off to a promising start. Bennett, the former vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, said his plan for student success at Southern Miss focuses on recruitment, retention, ...

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OUR VIEW: USM makes right call by calling off tornado relief campaign

We have all seen the pictures, read the reports and heard the stories coming out of Moore, Okla. The cost of a massive tornado that battered the Oklahoma City suburb could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary official estimate. State authorities meanwhile said two infants were among the 24 people who perished in the twister. The financial ...

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Bennett becomes first black president of major Mississippi university

Dr. Rodney Bennett has been named the tenth president of the University of Southern Mississippi, making him the first African-American president of a non-historically black college in Mississippi. The board of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning announced the unanimous decision today. “I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead this great ...

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