- 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.
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.
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."
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."
excited about the strength and perspective that each and every committee
member brings to their committee," Grimes said.
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.
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.
committee represents a wide range of strengths, interests and backgrounds.
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.
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.
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.
C. Hudson, chief executive officer/owner of Hudson Salvage, Inc.
L. Butler, director of the International Development Doctoral Program
in Southern Miss' Department of Economic Development.
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.
Flanagan, a Records Specialist and Senior Academic Advisor in Undergraduate
Academic Services for the College of Business at Southern Miss.
J. Williams, past president of the Society for Marketing Advances
and current editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management.
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.
Hamm, an undergraduate in the College of Business Administration
and Student Body President.
Carlisle, Founder, CEO of Carlisle Corp.
Brian, President of Coca-Cola of Hattiesburg.
R Pate, associate professor of Accounting at Southern Miss. Her
research interests include financial reporting issues and accounting
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.
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.
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
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.
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.