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Released January 13, 2004

By Angela Cutrer

HATTIESBURG -- Emile H. Dieth Jr. has joined The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business and Economic Development as development officer.

"The College of Business and Economic Development is extremely lucky to get a candidate with the extensive development experience that Emile has," said the college's dean, Dr. Harold Doty. "He'll be instrumental in helping with the college's capital campaign."

A native of New Orleans, La., Dieth has 14 years of experience working in funds development and management with nonprofit organizations after a 26-year marketing and management career with Chevron USA. He has served in successfully completed capital campaigns, one at Tulane University, which was completed at $254 million against a goal of $250 million, and one at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, which was completed at $13.5 million against a goal of $10 million.

He has served in leadership positions in strategic management, planned giving, alumni affairs, publications, major gifts, and annual funds. He has worked as president of the Montreat Conference Center of the Mountain Retreat Association in the Presbyterian Church (USA), executive director of alumni affairs and annual giving and director of major gifts at Tulane, vice president for development at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and president of American Personnel Services Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron.

"Emile Dieth brings to the Foundation and The University of Southern Mississippi the expertise, dedication, and energy necessary to achieve the high goals that we, along with the College of Business and Economic Development , have set for ourselves," said USM Foundation Executive Director Tim Ryan. "I am very pleased to add Emile to a group of dedicated Foundation employees committed to excellence and to exceeding the expectations of our alumni and friends."

Dieth has demonstrated qualifications in fund-raising and executive management in theological, academic, nonprofit, and corporate environments, but he says he likes fund-raising for institutions of higher education because he appreciates the stimulation of working in an academic environment.

"I'm here because Southern Miss is an exciting place," he said. "They are rebuilding in many areas, with new people and new opportunities, and it's great to be involved in the development of the business school."


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