Dr. Jay Grimes has been named interim provost and vice president
for academic affairs for The University of Southern Mississippi's
dual campuses and seven teaching and research sites by university
president Dr. Shelby Thames.
"Dr. Grimes has now served as provost on both
the Hattiesburg campus and the Gulf Coast campus and knows the academic
inner workings of the university," Thames said. "I appreciate
Jay's willingness to increase his workload while we are undertaking
this national search for a provost."
Grimes was named provost of the Hattiesburg campus
in July 2002 by Thames. Prior to this position, Grimes was appointed
dean of the Institute of Marine Sciences in 1997, which became the
College of Marine Sciences in 2001. He is also a professor of coastal
sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi and serves as
director of the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. In
July 2001, Grimes returned to the Gulf Coast as provost of the Gulf
Park campus and the other Gulf Coast teaching and research sites.
Grimes received his doctorate in microbiology from
Colorado State University in 1971. He received a bachelor's degree
and master's degree in biology from Drake University in 1966 and
"Faculty members from all of our sites know me,
and most have worked with me over the last two years, which I believe
will facilitate a seamless transition in continuing the academic
operations of Southern Miss," Grimes said. "I welcome
this opportunity and know it will be a big undertaking. I enjoy
working with all of the deans and will look to them for their valuable
input and assistance with the administration of academic policy,
procedures and operations."
A national search for the position of provost will
be conducted. Dr. Joseph Paul will serve as chair of the committee.
"This is an important position for our university," Paul
said. "I am confident that we will facilitate a process that
is inclusive, thorough and yields the right academic leader for
The following individuals are being asked to serve
on the committee: Dr. David Beckett, associate professor of biology
and Faculty Senate president; Dr. Joe Whitehead, associate professor
of physics and astronomy and assistant dean of the College of Science
and Technology; Dr. Desmond Fletcher, associate professor in the
School of Engineering Technology; Dr. Charles McCormick, professor
of Polymer Science; Dr. Peter Fos, dean of the College of Health;
Dr. Katherine Nugent, director and associate dean of the School
of Nursing; Dr. Sue Hubble, associate professor and assistant director
of the Department of Human Performance and Recreation; Dr. Alvin
Williams, chair and professor of marketing and management; Dr. Jon
Carr, assistant professor of marketing and management; Dr. Gwen
Pate, associate professor in the School of Accountancy and Information
Systems; Dr. Chuck Bolton, professor/chair of history and co-director
of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage; Dr. Martina
Sciolino, associate professor of English; Dr. Thomas Fraschillo,
professor in the School of Music and director of University Bands;
Dr. Stan Kuczaj, chair and professor of psychology; Dr. Ann Blackwell,
associate professor and chair of family and consumer sciences; Dr.
Carolyn Reeves-Kazelskis, professor of curriculum, instruction,
and special education; Walt Cain, president of the Student Government
Association; Karen Schulze, president of the Honors Student Association;
Dr. Melanie J. Norton, director and associate professor of the School
of Library and Information Sciences; Dr. Kristi Motter, director
of the Office of Financial Aid and Dr. Jay Grimes, provost.