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Zook named Ole Miss associate vice chancellor in communications and marketing

Jim Zook, a veteran communications and marketing leader, has been named associate vice chancellor for strategic communications and marketing at the University of Mississippi. Zook has more than 25 years of expertise from a career spanning corporate communications, consulting and media. Zook, joined Ole Miss from Deloitte, a global professional services firm where he served most recently as head of ...

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Where are the millennials of insurance? Ole Miss teams with industry executives to replenish ranks as boomers retire

By TED CARTER The prospect of calamities has kept insurance executives from sleeping easy since way back in the 1300s when enterprising Genoans began insuring ships and cargo. Nowadays, insurance execs are trying to head off a modern-day calamity of not having new blood to carry the industry forward as baby boomers retire from the field in droves. Their efforts ...

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OP-ED — Another case of ill-informed pronouncements on education in Mississippi

Bill Crawford has recently written several pieces on how to best train Mississippi’s work force. He makes his point by using the research generated by the Nobel Prize winning economist, Dr. James Heckman, who has shown that the greatest return on investment (ROI) in educating the workforce of the future is through high quality early childhood education. I suppose Grant ...

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Mississippi town seeks to nearly double its land area

One Mississippi college town is proposing an annexation to nearly double its land area. Oxford aldermen could vote March 6 on the plan, which would take 12 sq. miles (31 sq. kilometers) in five separate areas into the city limits. Mayor Robin Tannehill is inviting people to view maps and comment. Currently, Oxford’s land area is 16 sq. miles (41 ...

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College Board approves less debt for children’s hospital

The University of Mississippi Medical Center won approval Thursday from College Board trustees to borrow up to $91 million from outside sources to finance expansion of its children’s hospital. The hospital and medical education complex had asked trustees for permission to borrow up to $132 million. But parent University of Mississippi is now agreeing to lend up to $40 million ...

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Ole Miss grad completes Senate internship with Cochran

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended Melissa Ramsey of Ridgeland, a University of Mississippi graduate, for successfully completing a semester-long internship in his Washington office. Ramsey assisted Cochran’s office in several capacities, including constituent services, correspondence, administrative tasks and assorted legislative duties. Ramsey earned a degree in English from Ole Miss in 2016 and is on track to attend ...

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Cost of Ole Miss traffic circle jumps from $800,000 to $2.5M

The projected cost of a new traffic circle on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus has ballooned from $800,000 to $2.5 million. College Board trustees on Thursday approved plans for Ole Miss to begin the work, designed to ease congestion at the intersection of Hathorn Road, Hill Drive and Chucky Mullins Drive. University officials, in documents submitted to trustees, say ...

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Jon Meacham to give commencement address at Ole Miss

School officials say Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham will give the spring commencement address at the University of Mississippi. The university said in a statement that Meacham will speak to graduates and their families at 9 a.m. on May 13 in the Grove on the Oxford campus. Meacham is a former editor of Newsweek and a contributor ...

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Ole Miss Provost Morris Stocks to return to faculty

After nine years as University of Mississippi provost and executive vice chancellor, Morris H. Stocks is returning to the faculty at the Patterson School of Accountancy. The university said Monday that Stocks’ move takes effect Jan. 1. Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter says Stocks’ administrative legacy is substantial and the fruits of his work will be visible for years to come. ...

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Ole Miss hires Kirk Purdom

Kirk Purdom, vice president for advancement at Transylvania University and a University of Mississippi alumnus, has been named UM executive director of alumni affairs, effective March 14. Tim Walsh, who held the post since 2008, retired in March 2015. Sheila Dossett, senior associate director of alumni affairs, has served as interim executive director since that time. Purdom has served in ...

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