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HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) -
Dr. Rodney Bennett describes his being named the University of
Southern Mississippi's new president as a powerful message for kids
across the country.
The official announcement came Thursday
afternoon in Hattiesburg making Dr. Bennett the first black president of
a predominantly white university in our state. He said he hopes his
story can be an inspiration to children that with education, no dream is
The history of the University of Southern Mississippi
goes back 1910. The new president said he has vision for the
"I would like to see Southern Miss under my
leadership become the institution of choice for high achieving students
in the state of Mississippi and the Southeast region," said Dr.
As Dr. Bennett steps in to a new role, he also realizes he is breaking new ground.
never got into this to be the first anything. I got into this because I
wanted to really help young people go to college and be a part of what
their experiences were like," Dr. Bennett said. "If in the process I
became the first black, then so be it. But if my being here can make it
easier for anybody who doesn't fit whatever it is that they think it is
they need to fit to accomplish their goal, I'm okay with that. "
Dr. Bennett said his story is a testimony of how a good education and hard work can overcome obstacles.
think they see so few images of people who have reached a certain level
in their careers who are not in the entertainment industry. That
doesn't mean I'm knocking the entertainment industry," Dr. Bennett said.
""I think it's just a powerful message that so many young people can
"The reality is as you very well know is there is
only one Michael Jordan. There's only one of so many people that so many
young people aspire to be," Dr. Bennett said. "If you go to school and
invest in yourself and invest in education, there can be hundreds of
thousands of kids who reach their full potential using education as the
vehicle versus some other vehicle that is not going to sustain you over
the long haul."
Dr. Rodney Bennett has been serving as Vice
President of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens. He
is a native of Knoxville. USM officials said it's not certain when he
start work as president.
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