- To meet the needs of an increasing enrollment, The University
of Southern Mississippi plans to hire 24 faculty to be located at
the Gulf Park campus for the upcoming academic year and to restructure
the customer service process.
These 24 positions
will represent a combination of existing vacancies and new hires.
of these faculty on the coast aligns with our mission to dramatically
grow our enrollment and meet the education needs on the Gulf Coast,"
said Dr. Shelby Thames, Southern Miss president. "Our students
are our number one priority. We are committed to making sure their
educational experience is the best it can be."
In an earlier
announcement on Jan. 7, a record 112 faculty searches among all
colleges and teaching sites university-wide had been approved. Southern
Miss filled 44 tenure-track faculty positions last year.
the academic deans and the budget office and using the dividend
from last year's college reorganization, which reallocated almost
$2 million from administrative areas to the classroom, the university
was able to direct approximately $4.8 million toward the salaries
needed to fill these positions university-wide.
student enrollment will depend heavily on customer service excellence.
To meet this need, Dr. Lynn Estes will now spearhead an effort to
restructure customer service. Estes will work closely with faculty,
staff, administration and students to develop a new customer service
of our Gulf Coast students work full time, have families to care
for, and need an effortless experience in enrollment, financial
aid, advisement and business services to allow them to focus their
efforts in the classroom," said Dr. Ken Malone, chief operating
officer at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
in developing customer service excellence will be the Southern Miss
Lean Enterprise Center. The Lean Enterprise Center has worked with
many Mississippi companies such as Northrop Grumman and Baxter Healthcare
to develop efficient processes focused on meeting the needs of the
For more information
about programs and services at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, call (228)