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USM VP sees busy future for Gulf Coast campuses


LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The new leader of USM Gulf Coast sees a lot of construction projects ahead.

Dr. Frances Lucas started her new job Wednesday as Southern Miss Gulf Coast Vice-President and Campus Executive Officer. She oversees USM in Long Beach and five other sites in South Mississippi.

Lucas said renovations will soon begin on storm-damaged Hardy Hall and Elizabeth Hall, and a new Science Building will go up at Gulf Park. In the fall, work will start on a main road and entrance to the Cross Creek campus in Harrison County.

Construction is one of her four main goals.

"We're going to restore and enhance the Gulf Park campus," Dr. Lucas said. "We're going to underline the world class research at Stennis and the Gulf Coast Research Lab. We're going to work with business leaders to restore and enhance the economy, and we're going to listen to students to create a superior student experience."

Lucas said USM will also play a large role in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, including research on the damage and restoring the waters.

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