an effort to further expand on The University of Southern Mississippi's
record growth in economic development and research, Southern Miss'
president, Dr. Shelby Thames, has named Dr. Angeline Dvorak as full-time
president of the university's Research Foundation effective July 1,
2004. Dvorak has served as the president of this organization as a
part of her responsibilities as vice president of research and economic
development at Southern Miss.
president of the university in 2002, Thames added the pursuit of
economic development endeavors to the university's mission and vision.
"In the past two years, we have outgrown our economic development
model," said Thames. "It is now time to retool our model
so we can continue to grow."
Dvorak's successful leadership in increasing the foundation's assets
and the university's funding for research in her two years as an
administrator at Southern Miss.
Dr. Dvorak came on board in August 2002, the net assets of the Research
Foundation have grown from $10,000 to $39 million," Thames
said. "She's done this while leading a research office that
has seen significant increases for the past two consecutive years,
and while coming under some personal fire. I find that amazing and
impressive beyond belief."
spend the majority of her time working on Research Foundation activities,
including spearheading the development of the Innovation and Commercialization
Park and establishing partnerships between the university and business
and industry. She will continue to manage the university's intellectual
property portfolio and all licensing transactions.
economic development is truly my passion," said Dvorak. "With
the growth of our university's efforts in economic development,
it makes perfect sense to take our commitment to the next level
by making this transition. With this change in focus, I can spend
more of my time working on economic development projects that will
benefit the university, our community and the state as we push forward
in this technology-based economy."
Dr. Cecil Burge
will become the vice president for research and economic development
at Southern Miss. Burge has most recently served as associate vice
president for research and technology transfer at the university.
has forgotten more about research than most people ever know to
begin with," said Thames. "He has impeccable character
and his devotion to this institution is unparalleled."
From the novice
faculty researcher to the functions of chief research officer, Burge
has obtained experience in virtually every position and role associated
with the research enterprise since he joined Southern Miss in 1970.
His involvement includes serving in various administrative positions
such as technology transfer officer, director of the Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs and associate vice president for research.
As a faculty
researcher, he has conducted numerous externally sponsored projects
in the areas of rural health care delivery, applications of mobile
communications technology, software engineering and technology-based
economic development. Projects in his portfolio have included organizationally
challenging efforts crossing multiple agencies, states, disciplines
and universities. Many of these projects have involved university
consortia and academic-industrial-government partnerships.
As a faculty
member in the Department of Computer Science, he led the effort
to obtain Southern Miss' first accreditation in computer science
and later served on the national accrediting agency, the Computer
Sciences Accreditation Board. Burge holds a bachelor's degree and
a doctorate in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University
and is a registered professional engineer.
search will be held for the position of associate vice president
for research and economic development. The following people will
be asked to serve on the search committee: Dr. Ed Jackson of the
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, incoming chair of the
University Research Council; Dr. Mitch Berman, associate professor
and assistant dean of the College of Education and Psychology; Dr.
Agnes Hinton, co-director of the Center for Sustainable Health;
Dr. David Butler, assistant professor of economic development; Dr.
Rex Gandy, dean of the College of Science and Technology; Dr. Vernon
Asper, professor in the Department of Marine Science; Doug Hancock,
account manager of Sponsored Program Administration; and Michelle
Shows, assistant director of Sponsored Program Administration.
Foundation Board of Directors includes Brad Brian, Burge, Dr. Jim
Evans, Jan Lacy and Lawrence Warren. Lacy will serve as liaison
to the USM Foundation, where she is serving in her first year of
a three-year term. The 2005-2006 board members will be announced
in fall 2004.
University of Southern Mississippi's Research Foundation's sole
mission is to promote research and research-related activity.
Research Foundation offices are located at 3610 Pearl Street. This
building was refurbished with money allocated by the 2003 Mississippi
State Legislature to support Southern Miss' efforts in economic
of the Foundation
Dr. Cecil Burge
Dr. Jim Evans
Foundation's certified public accounting firm is Carr, Riggs &
Ingram, LLC of Ridgeland, Miss. The Research Foundation's audit
will be released in the 2004-2005 annual report.