- 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 Health.
of Health is among five new colleges created by the recent academic
restructuring at Southern Miss, which will streamline nine existing
degree-granting colleges into five starting July 1. Search committees
for the other four colleges were announced earlier.
committee for the dean of the College of Health 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
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.
excited about the strength and perspective that each and every committee
member brings to their committee," said Dr. Jay Grimes, provost
for the Hattiesburg campus.
Dr. Joan Exline,
assistant professor and director of the Center for Community Health
and the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, will act as
co-chair of the search committee, along with Dr. Karen Lundy, professor
in the College of Nursing.
of Health's dean search committee has an important job to do since
health care is an area with many challenges and opportunities,"
Exline said. "The dean must be a strong entrepreneur who can
take advantage of these opportunities while bringing together the
members of our new college."
of Health will consist of nursing, which is in the current College
of Nursing; community health sciences, nutrition and dietetics,
institutional management, human performance and recreation, social
work and human nutrition, all of which are in the current College
of Health and Human Sciences; medical technology, currently in the
College of Science and Technology; and speech and hearing sciences,
which is currently in the College of Liberal Arts.
committee represents a wide range of strengths, interests and backgrounds.
J. Belton, an associate professor in the School of Social Work.
Benton's current research project is the involvement of faith-based
organizations in providing social services in the Hattiesburg area.
Butts, an associate professor in the School of Nursing. A certified
instructor and instructor trainer for the state of Mississippi in
HIV/AIDS Education for the American Red Cross since 1992, Butts
has had numerous presentations and publications on HIV/AIDS in the
region, state and community.
J. Cloud, an assistant professor in the department of speech and
hearing sciences. Teaching graduate-level courses in multicultural
language issues, adult neurogenics and stuttering, Cloud has presented
at six national and four state conventions since 1998 and has published
three book chapters and one article.
Exline, who has maintained an active teaching load while managing
two departments, directing 13 funded projects totaling $274,170,
publishing four articles and 15 technical reports, presenting 10
papers at national conferences and serving on many college and university
K. Gangstead, a professor of Human Performance in the School of
Human Performance and Recreation. Gangstead, who has written and
procured external grant funding for various educational programs
in excess of $1.3 million, is the author of 47 scholarly publications.
Hudson, chair and program director of the Department of Medical
Technology. Hudson is the three-time winner of the Southern Miss
Excellence in Teaching Award, one-time winner of the Southern Miss
Excellence in Service Award and the Southern Miss HEADWAE Award.
Hudson is the author of Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management:
A Study Guide and Workbook.
Lundy, professor in the College of Nursing. A faculty member since
1990, Lundy teaches undergraduates and graduate courses in community
health, philosophy of science and qualitative research. Lundy is
a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Maneval, professor and coordinator in coaching and sport administration
in the School of Human Performance and Recreation. Maneval has presented
papers at International and State conferences, published articles
in international and national journals and has procured external
grant funding for various educational programs.
Mignor, associate professor in the College of Nursing. Mignor, who
also serves as nursing coordinator on the Gulf Coast campus, has
served on numerous College of Nursing committees and has been the
Gulf Coast representative to the Academic Council for the past three
years. Her research interests include the areas of home health nursing
Frances Nettles, associate professor of nutrition and food systems
and director of the Didactic Program in dietetics. Her publications
and research interests are in the areas of management of food service
operations in hospitals and schools, child nutrition programs and
food service equipment/faculty design.
Webster, associate professor of exercise physiology and director
of the Laboratory of Applied Physiology in the School of Human Performance
and Recreation. Webster's research focus in exercise metabolism
and performance has resulted in 20 national and international peer-reviewed
Moffitt Crawford, medical director of student health at Southern
Miss for the last 14 years. Board certified in internal medicine
and adolescent medicine, Crawford is a clinical assistant professor
of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Gonsoulin, director of Recreational Sports at Southern Miss. Gonsoulin
has numerous publications and national presentations to his credit
on such topics as facility planning and management, student development,
marketing and risk management. Gonsoulin secured a $400,000 grant
from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
to construct the university's fitness trail, which opened in October
Avis, project coordinator for the Breast Cancer Control Research
Project and a full-time student working on a master's degree in
public health. Davis is the recipient of the Lynn Cook Hartwig Policy
Scholarship and is the co-author of "Breast Cancer and Environmental
Risks: Where is the Link?," which is pending publication in
the Journal of Environmental Health.
Lynn Ross, a senior nursing student. She is involved in a variety
of educational and extracurricular activities.
Branch, a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air
Force Reserves Nurse Corp. Branch currently serves as a clinical
instructor in the College of Nursing at Southern Miss and is responsible
for clinical instruction to students on a cardiac unit at Wesley
Ferguson, president of Ferguson and Associates Consulting Company.
Ferguson has retired as the senior vice president of Forrest General
Hospital and has served as adjunct faculty to Southern Miss and
the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Meadows, vice president of administration at Forrest General Hospital.
With more than 18 years of hospital administration experience, Meadows
serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Miss, where he teaches courses
each summer for MBA/MPH students on understanding health insurance.
Payne, president and CEO of UAD Laboratories, Inc., a pharmaceutical
company headquartered in Jackson. Payne has served as president
of the Southern Miss Foundation, president of the Eagle Club and
on the Commission on the Future of the University in 1997. He was
inducted into the Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame in 1990.
K. Ray, president of the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg Inc.,
president of the Mississippi Heart Association and chairman of the
board for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi. He has held positions
of president of Wesley Health Systems, president of the Northwest
Mississippi Regional Medical Center and president of the Area Development
Reidy, chief executive officer of Wesley Medical Center. Reidy has
held the position of chief nursing officer at the Medical Center
of Baton Rouge and positions of chief operating officer and chief
nursing officer at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
Reidy joined Wesley Medical Center as the chief operating officer
Rouse, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. A former football player
for the Golden Eagles, Rouse is president of the Southern Miss Athletic
Foundation. Rouse has been inducted into Southern Miss's Alumni
Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame.
G. Thornton, executive director of the Hattiesburg Clinic. Thornton
has served as an adjunct field instructor for the College of Health
and Human Services at Southern Miss and is a member of the Mississippi
Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants