Dr. Martha Saunders, president of The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today that Vice President for Business and Finance Joe Morgan has resigned from his position effective Aug. 31, 2010.
Russ Willis, director of Human Resources, will step into the position in an interim capacity beginning Sept. 1.
“Joe Morgan is a longtime and loyal member of the Southern Miss family. He has served in various capacities and stepped up to leadership roles when needed,” said Saunders. “We wish him well in all his future pursuits.”
A 1975 Southern Miss accounting graduate, Morgan has been at the university for more than 20 years and served in several positions including Assistant Director of Purchasing and Director of Procurement Services.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in the role of Chief Financial Officer for Southern Miss and greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded me,” said Morgan. “I’ve worked diligently to ensure the university’s financial solvency and security, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. I look forward to my role in continuing the efforts toward advancing our mission.”
The Vice President for Business and Finance is a member of the Executive Cabinet and is responsible for financial matters of the university, including oversight of the university budget and disbursement of funds; accounting and financial reporting; auxiliary enterprises; the maintenance and improvement of the University's physical plant; the procurement of essential services, supplies and equipment; and property inventories. This position also administers human resources services for the campus.
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Willis is a 1989 Southern Miss graduate with a degree in political science. He also holds a J.D. degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Willis joined Southern Miss in 1992 and worked in Student Affairs before moving to Human Resources as associate director in 1997. He has served as director of Human Resources for eight years.
“I am excited and humbled to be asked to serve in this position,” said Willis. “I look forward to working with President Saunders, the executive cabinet, and all faculty and staff in ensuring that the university’s fiscal and human resources as well as its physical assets are managed and used in the best and most effective way in support of the university’s overall mission and goals.”
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