Pledges from private supporters totaling more than $5 million have
allowed The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business
and Economic Development to move ahead with plans for a fund-raising
campaign aimed at raising $50 million to help finance a new state-of-the-art
goal of $50 million dollars will not only build a world class facility
and provide for the best technology, it will also bring the best
students and faculty by providing funds for scholarships and professorships,"
Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames said.
a Southern Miss alumnus and owner of Wendy's franchises throughout
Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, made the initial
gift to begin the long-term fund-raising campaign. "I know
the value of a quality educational atmosphere," Carlisle said.
"Our students deserve the best. The competitive nature of business
demands the best of teachers, facilities and technology."
campaign was initiated during a news conference in the President's
Conference Room in the Southern Miss Administration Building Wednesday.
It is hoped that the generosity shown by initial supporters of the
building fund will inspire others to give, leading to a successful
private fund-raising effort and the creation of a world-class facility.
lagging state funding and challenging economic times, it is more
than ever that
we have private support for advancements at our university,"
Thames said. "The leadership shown by our initial donors is
indicative of the type of supporters Southern Miss is fortunate
to have, and they are very appreciated."
The new 100,000-square-foot
building will provide a variety of learning environments, including
six 1,600-square-foot classrooms that will accommodate 60 students
each. The wireless technology setting of these classrooms will include
seats with built-in laptop and internet access capabilities, as
well as projection televisions. Other features of the new building,
which will be three stories high, will include a 250-seat lecture
hall, a room modeled after a Wall Street trading office and a 95-car
It will be
a much needed improvement over the college's current home in Joseph
Greene Hall, which was opened in 1968 and was named in honor of
Dr. Joseph Greene, who was dean of the former business department
and the College of Business Administration from 1949 to 1985.
is a move away from lecturing toward coaching, and we need our classrooms
to be more technologically equipped to do that," said Bill
Gunther, dean of the College of Business and Administration.