- The process of selecting permanent deans for the colleges of Heath
and Education and Psychology is moving forward, as selection committees
have met to prepare for the interview process slated to begin early
Dr. Rex Gandy,
dean of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology, and
Dr. Elliot Pood, dean of the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters,
are chairing the committees for selection of a dean for the colleges
of Health and Education and Psychology, respectively.
is one of the finest, most cooperative group of people I've had
the pleasure of working with," Pood said of his search committee.
"In a very short period of time, we were able to reach a consensus
on advertising copy and qualifications (for candidates). The ad
is complete and we anticipate it appearing in appropriate professional
journals in the next few weeks."
Dr. Gandy said
he and his committee are dedicated to finding the "very best
College of Health dean that we can recruit. We hope to bring three
to four candidates to campus for interviews in the January-February
time frame. We hope to have a dean announced by March."
Dr. Joan Exline
and Dr. W.L. Pierce have been serving as interim deans of the colleges.
Miss, we were fortunate to find such able and engaged colleagues
willing to guide these new colleges during this transition,"
Southern Miss Provost Tim Hudson said. "The decision to start
with national searches for each of these dean (positions) is in
no way an indictment of the work being done by the current interim
deans. Quite the contrary, others and I want to encourage Dr. Exline
and Dr. Pierce to become candidates for these positions."
the College of Education and Psychology search committee include
Elizabeth Haynes, Library and Information Systems
" Dr. Edward Mann, Technology Education
" Dr. Mitch Berman, Psychology
" Dr. Ann Blackwell, Child and Family Studies
" Dr. Margaret Smith, Educational Leadership and Research
" Dr. Rene Falconer, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
" Susan King, Staff Council representative
" Mary McNeese, Southern Miss Gulf Coast representative
" Patricia Condon, graduate student representative
" Matt Quinn, Student Government Association representative
" State Rep. Mike Lott, community/alumni representative
Members of the College of Health committee members include the following:
" Dr. Amal Khoury, Community Health
" Dr. Bonita Reinert, Nursing
" Dr. Henry Teller, Speech and Hearing
" Dr. Wayne Billon, Nutrition
" Dr. Joyous Bethel, Social Work
" Dr. Ben Velasquez, Human Performance
" Dr. Carol Beck, Medical Technology
" Dr. Patty Anderson, Southern Miss Gulf Coast representative
" Stephen Rey, Recreational Sports, staff representative
" Murugi (Christine) Ndirangu, graduate student representative
" Erin Gilder, undergraduate student representative
" Diane Reidy and Ora Shaheed, community member representatives
Dr. Gandy and
Dr. Pood said both of the new deans must have a proven record as
an administrator; in promoting excellence in scholarship, teaching
and community service; in implementing and supporting diversity
initiatives; in successfully establishing community partnerships;
and in securing external funding. Applications are expected to be
reviewed in early December.
now time to begin the process of filling these important positions
on a permanent basis," Dr. Hudson said. "It is our plan
to move quickly with this process and to engage as wide an audience