- Longtime BellSouth executive Tim A. Ryan assumed new duties
Monday as executive director of The University of Southern
Mississippi's Office of Development.
a Southern Miss alumnus, has served for the past eight years
as district manager of corporate and external affairs for
BellSouth's Pinebelt Area. He succeeds Susan H. Hollandsworth,
who had held the post on an interim basis since last July.
are excited to have Tim at Southern Miss in this role,"
President Shelby Thames said in announcing Ryan's appointment.
"His energy and enthusiasm will serve the university
well as he directs all of our fund-raising efforts. He has
served on the Foundation Board, which gives him a strong working
knowledge of the inner workings of development, and his understanding
of business and nonprofit organizations will give him a good
structure for success."
who earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration
from the university in 1975, said he looks "forward to
working with all Southern Miss constituencies to build on
a graduate and supporter of my university, I am excited at
the opportunities this position presents," he added.
"I encourage everyone to help Southern Miss exceed its
goals in order to make this a world-class university."
Miss Foundation President Marlin Ivey, a Kosciusko businessman
and former member of the state College Board, said Ryan would
be a "good man for the job.
is an excellent choice," said Ivey, who, as foundation
president, will work closely with Ryan in raising and managing
private funding for the university. "His background has
certainly prepared him for this position. The development
area in all of our universities today is so important in educating
the students of our state."
will return to full-time duties as director of the Southern
Miss Foundation's $100 million comprehensive campaign, which
so far has raised more than $83 million. She joined the Development
Office staff in 1996.
district manager in Hattiesburg, Ryan was responsible for
company interests related to public and community affairs,
new product and services promotions, legislative and governmental
relations, economic development, media relations, employee
relations, chambers of commerce relations and other duties
in a 15-county region of south central and southwestern Mississippi.
Prior to that, he served as manager of corporate and external
affairs for BellSouth's Gulf Coast Area from 1987-1994.
was campaign chair for United Way of Southeast Mississippi
in 1999 and served as president of that organization in 2000.
He served on the executive committee of the Area Development
Partnership's Board of Directors in 1997 and is a current
member of the Southern Miss Foundation. He is an immediate
past president of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, and is a
member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and Southern Miss College
of Business Administration Advisory Council.