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Candidates for Southern Miss Vice President for Research to Visit Campuses PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

Webcast (stream will be active shortly before 4 p.m. for each session)

Three candidates for the position of vice president for research at The University of Southern Mississippi will visit the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses in the next few weeks for interviews and meetings with university constituents.

Selected by a university search committee, the candidates include Dr. A. Gordon Emslie, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate college at Oklahoma State University; Dr. Timothy Phillips, a senior faculty fellow in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

“I appreciate the work of those serving on the search committee, who I believe have identified three outstanding candidates for this important post,” said Southern Miss Provost Dr. Robert Lyman, who is chairing the search. “We look forward to meeting with them during their visits to Hattiesburg and the Gulf Coast.”

The university is seeking a replacement for Dr. Cecil Burge, who announced his retirement last fall and has served the university in a variety of capacities during a career spanning 40 years. During the last five-plus years as vice president for research, he helped the university secure record amounts of external funding, including a high of $102 million in 2006.

“Dr. Burge leaves an outstanding legacy for us to uphold,” Dr. Lyman said. “Because of his efforts, we have been able to advance our research enterprise to new heights and we intend to keep up that momentum.”

The Southern Miss Vice President for Research is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the university’s research efforts, including administering sponsored programs; ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations concerning externally funded research; promoting university efforts in state, federal and corporate settings; promoting scholarship within the university community; managing the university’s intellectual property portfolio; and providing start-up funds to recruit new faculty.

Wiesenburg was chairman and professor with the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science from 1994-2004. While at Southern Miss, he established a six-member team from the university and the U.S. Navy to develop the university’s master of science program in hydrographic science. From 1988-1994 he was associate director of the geochemical and environmental research group at Texas A&M University  and was an oceanographer with Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity at Stennis Space Center from 1981-1988. Learn more about Dr. Wiesenburg’s credentials online here:

* Emslie has been in his current post at Oklahoma State since 2004, and during his tenure external research funding at the university increased from $100 million to $140 million. He is also Regents Professor of Physics at OSU. Previously he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Alabama at Huntsville from 1998-2004, where he also served as chairman of the Department of Physics. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland since 2001. Learn more about Dr. Emslies’ credentials online here:

* Phillips has served in a variety of roles at Texas A&M since 1979, including as director of its Center for Food Safety; chairman and professor with the university’s Department of Toxicology; and as an assistant professor of food science and technology, among others. He was a research associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from 1977-1979, and is a Fellow with the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He is also editor of the journal Food Additives & Contaminants. Learn more about Dr. Phillips’ credentials online here:

Open sessions for faculty, staff and students to meet the candidates will be held on the following dates:

* Dr. Denis Wiesenburg:

Thursday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gulf Park campus Advanced Education Center room 104
Friday, Feb. 19, 4-5 p.m., Hattiesburg campus, Gonzales Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building 108 | Webcast archive

* Dr. Gordon Emslie:

Monday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gulf Park campus, Advanced Education Center room 104
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m. Hattiesburg campus, Polymer Science Auditorium | Webcast archive

* Dr. Timothy Phillips:

Monday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gulf Park campus, Advanced Education Center room 104
Tuesday, March 2, 4-5 p.m., Hattiesburg campus, Polymer Science Auditorium | Webcast

Members of the search committee and the areas they represent include Kyna Shelley, University Research Council; Jeff Evans, Charles McCormick, and Anita Davis, Faculty Senate; Connie Wyldmon, Sponsored Programs Administration; Doug Hancock, Contracts and Grants; Lou Marciani, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security; David Mooneyhan, Stennis Space Center; Sarah Morgan, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials; Joe Whitehead, interim dean, Science and Technology; Bill Hawkins, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory; David Butler, Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs; Kathy Yadrick, Department of Nutrition and Food Systems; Jerome Kolbo, School of Social Work; Stan Kuczaj, Department of Psychology; and Sharon Topping, Department of Management and International Business.   

: Emslie

: Phillips

: Wiesenburg

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