From the Dean

Dean Gilbert

Greetings to the Southern Miss community of faculty, staff, students, Business Advisory Council members, alumni and friends. It is an exciting time to be here. As you know, at the Hattiesburg campus, Scianna Hall is in construction and slated to be completed in late fall, 2014. Our meetings to review plans and audio-visual enhancements reinforce my perception that this will be an amazing facility for our business programs, for USM and for our region. My sincere thanks to all those who have worked so hard to plan and fund this building. In addition to Scianna Hall, business programs on the Gulf Coast are serving a growing number of students and the facilities there also continue to add strength to our institution and region.

We are in the process of focusing our efforts, connecting with constituents and developing plans for our distinctive programs of excellence. We will, once again, offer the MBA on the Hattiesburg campus this fall as well as continue the growth of our MBA program on the Gulf Coast.

The MPA program continues to garner praise from students and employers. The faculty in the business programs continue to excel in providing nationally competitive experiences for our students and our region. My clear impression is that we infuse learning with practical relevance, integrity and a sense of our community.

Students in our undergraduate leadership program completed their visit to Japan, others are in England for the British studies program and three students have been honored for their work on an applied project with an invitation-only event in New Orleans.

Industry leaders, please look for an opportunity to visit our campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach or find a way to engage in the business of educating the next generation of leaders. You can offer internships, career positions, projects and conversations. It is our time to celebrate the unique and distinctive quality of a business degree from USM.

I look forward to meeting you all as time permits and wish you, as one of my USM accounting professors used to say: blue skies, cool nights and green lights until next time. SMTTT!


Faye W. Gilbert, Ph.D.