USM searches for a new president

USM Gulf Coast students and faculty are helping to search for a new leader.
USM Gulf Coast students and faculty are helping to search for a new leader.

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The University of Southern Mississippi is in search for a new leader. Wednesday, faculty and staff at the Gulf Coast campus had the opportunity to speak their mind about what they want in a new president.

One USM faculty member said, "We need someone who is willing to hit the road. Who can go out and clearly articulate the needs for both the Hattiesburg campus and the Gulf Coast campus."

Another faculty member said, "We need someone to promote diversity."

Faculty and staff believe the next leader needs to be a person who can empower higher education. USM alum and Chair of the Board of Search Committee, Robin Robinson, said she believes USM deserves someone on board who highlights success and soars to the next level.

Robin Robinson said, "Personally, I would like to see someone who can come in, they have a vision for our university. They have a plan to bring that vision to reality and I think one faculty person said it so well."

A description will be developed by students and faculty on what USM wants in their next president. A search firm who is assisting in the process will then place ads searching for the perfect person.

"The campus search advisory committee, they will meet and review those applications that are placed on a secured web site and they will select their top five applicants. They will send those applicants to the search firm. The search firm will put a report together and send that to the board. And about the middle of January we are looking to have our interviews," Robinson said.

The school should have a new leader on board by the end of February 2013.

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