Director of Advancement and Innovation
Jeffery D. (Jeff) May
Mr. Jeff May is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, College of Science and Technology and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (1983). His service to the university includes his work with the Office of the CIO, iTech and Chapter Advisor for Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Since graduating from Southern Miss, Mr. May has experience in business management, management consulting and software development, in a variety of industries including K-12 Education, state/local government, telecommunications, inter-modal transportation, and advertising. He joined the field of Higher Education in 2007 after selling the systems integration/implementation company he managed for 10+ years. The company, Third Day Solutions, LLC, developed K-12 student information systems for several state’s Department of Education, including the MS Department of Education.
Beyond his work at Southern Miss, Mr. May is actively involved in his church and with his family. He is married, has a son and daughter that are both alumni of Southern Miss (2009) and a daughter that he hopes will choose Southern Miss in a few years. He serves as a member of the Simpson County Healthcare Board of Directors and Financial Committee, Treasurer and member of the Simpson County Community Foundation Board of Directors.
What does the Director of Advancement and Innovation do?
- Directs the functions of business analysis, project management, advancement (marketing and promotion) and customer care of the central Information Technology function to the university
- Represents the central IT function on several university committees and councils
List of accomplishments while at Southern Miss:
- Helped revise the funding model for the acceptance of credit cards at the university. The previous model was cost prohibitive and, consequently, was used by only a few departments. The revised model provided a low-cost entry and is usage-based making it more easily implemented by more departments.
- MS Exchange: In a relatively short window (6 weeks) and motivated by poor reliability of the university’s former email system, MS Exchange was implemented. The cooperative effort within iTech and across the university is a hallmark of what is possible with focus and planning.
- CampusHUB: Directed the implementation of the university’s first successful portal focused on addressing students and their need for information. Acquired through a grant from Campus EAI, Cleveland, OH, a non-profit coordinator of a consortium of 200+ US universities, the portal was named by a Southern MS student focus group to represent the HUB of information for students at Southern MS whose main campus is located in the HUB City, Hattiesburg, MS