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Released July 16, 2003


HATTIESBURG - A longtime educator and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi has been named interim associate dean for the College of Health.

Dr. Jane Hudson, who has chaired the Southern Miss Department of Medical Technology since 1987, will assume the associate dean post Aug. 1.

Hudson will be working under Dr. Joan Exline, who was named interim dean for the College of Health July 1.

"I have had the opportunity of working with Dr. Exline on committees before and have been impressed with her leadership skills," Hudson said. "I am excited about her vision for the College of Health and am looking forward to working with her, the chairs and directors, faculty, staff and students.

"I believe the new College of Health has an outstanding future, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in its development."

A faculty member at Southern Miss since 1973, Hudson said she has experience in most of the areas she will be addressing in her new role as associate dean. Hudson's primary responsibilities will involve working with the College of Health's students and curriculum.

Programs in the recently restructured College of Health include the departments of Nursing, Social Work, Community Health Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Institutional Management, Human Nutrition, Medical Technology, Human Performance and Recreation, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Hudson has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Mississippi University for Women, a master's degree in medical technology from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. She also has a medical technology certificate from Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala.

Among the awards Hudson has received during her career are the Southern Miss Excellence in Teaching Award (three times), the Southern MissJ Excellence in Service Award, the Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (SCLS) Educator of the Year Award and the SCLS Member of the Year Award.

She has also received the HEADWAE Award from the Mississippi Legislature as a representative from Southern Miss and the Omicron Sigma Award for professional service at the state and national levels.

Hudson is responsible for numerous publications, most recently having edited and authored 11 chapters for the textbook Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management, which will be published this fall.

Prior to working at Southern Miss, Hudson was director of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Dalton Junior College in Dalton, Ga. She also served as a medical technologist at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala.


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