University of Southern Mississippi has named Joy C. Hamilton the
new director of assessment.
Hamilton earned a master's degree in public health
and a master's degree in business administration from Southern Miss
and is skilled in survey research, program evaluation, project management,
and client relations. She also has experience managing the Southern
Miss Center for Applied Research and Evaluation and with a global
consulting firm and Hattiesburg Clinic.
"We posted the position and interviewed several
candidates in November," said Dr. Joan Exline, assistant to
the president for accreditation, articulation and planning. "I
was looking for someone with experience in program evaluation and
survey research who also had superb organization skills and could
hit the ground running at Southern Miss. I have worked with Ms.
Hamilton before and am delighted that she has accepted the position
and will begin working with me after the holidays."
Hamilton will work with Exline, faculty, staff, students
and community members in addressing areas of concern brought about
by the Dec. 8 probation handed down by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The one-year probation stemmed from
a study ongoing since 1995. SACS challenged Southern Miss to improve
in the specific areas of assessment of institutional effectiveness
and continuing education effectiveness. SACS has not expressed concerns
of any kind about academic quality or institutional integrity. Southern
Miss plans to work toward removing its probationary status by December