Long Beach– After
serving as chief operating officer for The University of Southern
Mississippi Gulf Coast campus for the last year and a half, Dr.
Ken Malone is leaving that position to focus on his duties as chair
of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
“Dr. Malone’s leadership and business
acumen have been instrumental in creating operational efficiencies
and improvements across our Gulf Coast teaching sites,” Dr.
Jay Grimes, Southern Miss provost said. “His business experience
has helped prepare us to more efficiently serve the people of South
Mississippi as our campus facilities improve and our enrollment
continues to grow.
“We appreciate that he assumed additional
responsibility serving both as chair of our growing Department of
Economic and Workforce Development and as chief operating officer
for the Coast – both key priorities for Southern Miss. He
has done a great job of positioning and growing the Coast campuses
by emphasizing a customer service and satisfaction model. However,
economic development opportunities on the horizon for Southern Miss
now call for his full attention, expertise and energy in that arena.”
Malone said he is pleased with the advancements
made on the Coast campus, such as continued growth in enrollment
and upgrades in service, technology and physical structures. This
year, fall enrollment increased by 26 percent from the previous
year, topping more than 2,500 students in 2005.
“After accomplishing the restructuring
goals that were established for the Gulf Coast campus and meeting
the growth objectives, I now look forward to commercializing university
technology,” Malone said.
His academic duties in economic development
include supervising the master’s degrees in workforce training
and economic development. Beyond academics, he has been instrumental
in commercializing University technology, the Research Park, forming
ventures with private sector companies and providing economic development
services to the state of Mississippi and local communities through
The Center for Community and Economic Development.
Malone received his doctorate in polymer science
from Southern Miss in 1991 after earning a Bachelor of Science in
chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Miami in Coral
Gables, Fla., in 1986. Malone returned to Southern Miss in November
2002 from Atofina Chemicals Inc., where he was director of planning
Grimes said the university will fill the position
with an interim associate provost while a formal search to replace
the chief operating officer with a permanent associate provost is
For more information, contact Shelia White
at (228) 324-4573 or Christopher Mapp at (601) 266-4497.