Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Gulf Coast Community Meeting

This is a university-wide communication to update the students, faculty and staff about matters of interest to the Southern Miss family.

DATE: June 6, 2006


Today, Dr. Thomas Meredith, commissioner for the IHL, conducted two meetings with Gulf Coast leaders at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport.

The purpose of the meetings was to communicate to coastal leaders, while listening to feedback, future location(s) of Southern Miss on the Gulf Coast following the destruction incurred by Hurricane Katrina.


Dr. Meredith facilitated the meetings. The following IHL Board members were present: immediate past president Virginia Shanteau Newton and board members Roy Estess, Ed Blakeslee and Thomas Colbert. Because there was not a quorum of board members, no public notice of this meeting was required. Attending from Southern Miss was Dr. Shelby F. Thames, president, and Dr. Pat Joachim, associate provost.

Coastal leaders were invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. meeting. The 1:30 p.m. meeting was predominantly attended by local government officials.


The cost to build a new J.L. Scott facility is estimated at $40 million. Individuals from Biloxi expressed a desire to have it rebuilt in conjunction with other museums and cultural centers near the site. But funding sources for this are unknown at this time, stated Meredith.



The IHL will convene its regularly scheduled meeting next Wednesday prior to a scheduled retreat.