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Released February 5, 2003


HATTIESBURG - A diverse cross-section of faculty, staff, students, and community members has been tapped by The University of Southern Mississippi to select a dean for the College of Business and Economic Development.

The College of Business and Economic Development is one of the new colleges created by the recent academic restructuring at Southern Miss, which will streamline nine existing degree-granting colleges into five. The realignment will begin next fiscal year, July 1, 2003.

"The search committee for the dean of the College of Business and Economic Development is loaded with talented, accomplished and dedicated faculty, staff, students and stakeholders," said Dr. Tim Hudson, Southern Miss Gulf Coast provost. "We appreciate their willingness to commit time and effort to this important process."

Hudson said that once the committees have met and reviewed the candidates in late spring, they will be brought forth for faculty, staff and students to provide input on their ability to lead Southern Miss' newly configured colleges. The search committee, one of five overall, was formed with volunteers and through nominations by staff and faculty, including chairs and directors.

Dr. Jay Grimes, Southern Miss Hattiesburg provost, said the Cabinet then formed each of the five committees from "lengthy lists of highly qualified and interested people who have been suggested by their colleagues."

"We are excited about the strength and perspective that each and every committee member brings to their committee," Grimes said.

Serving as chair of the search committee will be Dr. Alvin J. Williams, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and a professor at Southern Miss since 1980.

"Under Williams' leadership," Hudson said, "the committee will be able to bring to our community a slate of highly qualified candidates ready to continue to move Southern Miss to the top. These committees will cast a wide net as they look for the right academic entrepreneurs to bring to our community." Committee member Mike Olivier, executive director of the Harrison County Development Commission, said he is enthusiastic about serving on the committee because of "what is happening at the University in the areas of business and economic development." "Once again Southern Miss is setting the pace," said Olivier, who was named as one of the top 10 economic development practitioners in the South through the last decade by Southern Business and Development magazine. "The fact that Southern Miss is including people from outside the University in this important decision is evidence of its innovative leadership."

The new College of Business and Economic Development will consist of accounting and information systems, marketing and management and economics, finance and international business, which are in the current College of Business Administration; economic development and planning, which are in the current College of International and Continuing Education; hospitality management, which is in the current College of Health and Human Sciences; and workforce training, which is in the current College of Science and Technology.

The search committee represents a wide range of strengths, interests and backgrounds. Members include:

– Franklin G. Mixon, a Business Advisory Council Professor of Economics who has published over 100 journal articles and two academic books in the last decade. Mixon came to Southern Miss in 1994 after receiving his PhD in economics from Auburn University in 1992.

– William B. Sisson, Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Southern Miss. Prior to his work at the center, he served as Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham, Ala.

– Michael J. Olivier, Executive Director of the Harrison County Development Commission. Olivier has served five terms on the Board of Directors of the American Economic Development Council and is the past president of the Southern Economic Development Council.

– Bill C. Hudson, chief executive officer/owner of Hudson Salvage, Inc. in Hattiesburg.

– David L. Butler, director of the International Development Doctoral Program in Southern Miss' Department of Economic Development.

– Chang-tseh Hsieh, a McCarty Distinguished Professor in Management Information Systems at Southern Miss. Hsieh is currently the managing editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Information Management.

– Vicki Flanagan, a Records Specialist and Senior Academic Advisor in Undergraduate Academic Services for the College of Business at Southern Miss.

– Alvin J. Williams, past president of the Society for Marketing Advances and current editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

– David L Duhon, associate professor of Management at Southern Miss. A current member and past president of the Faculty Senate of the University, Duhon also serves on the University Academic Council.

– Blake Hamm, an undergraduate in the College of Business Administration and Student Body President.

– Gene Carlisle, Founder, CEO of Carlisle Corp.

– Brad Brian, President of Coca-Cola of Hattiesburg.

– Gwen R Pate, associate professor of Accounting at Southern Miss. Her research interests include financial reporting issues and accounting education.

– Jennifer Foil, a doctoral student in the International Development Ph.D. program. Holding an undergraduate degree in Management and a master's in Teaching Languages, Foil is currently a graduate assistant in the workforce Training and Development program.

– Francis Daniel, assistant professor of Management at Southern Miss. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and a B.S. in History from the United States Naval Academy.

– Cyndi Gaudet, coordinator and assistant professor of Workforce Training and Development at Southern Miss. Gaudet developed and implemented undergraduate and master's degrees in Workforce Training and Development and is the founder of the NASA-sponsored GeoSpatial Workforce Development Center.

– James Taylor, the associate chair of the department of Hospitality Management and director of the Charcoal Room. Taylor has extensive experience working as an executive chef, general manager and food and beverage director with companies like Brinker International, Copeland's of New Orleans and Purple Parrot Café/Crescent City Grill.

– Roger King, professor of Finance at Southern Miss for the past 30 years. King is a faculty advisor to the local Financial Management Association (FMA) chapter, which has the distinction of being the largest student chapter of FMA in the world.


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