of Industry: Spotlight on Education" will feature The University
of Southern Mississippi as a part of a 30-minute paid program, produced
by Pat Summerall Productions, to be broadcast on The Discovery Channel
Network. "Champions of Industry" has featured excellence
in business practices for the last eight years. Hundreds of companies
have attained "Champions" status because of their integrity,
ingenuity and proven leadership in their respective industries.
of Southern Mississippi has been chosen by Pat Summerall Productions
to be the first segment to be profiled in this education-focused
"Champions of Industry" program.
through an interview process before being selected," said Southern
Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames.
a spokesperson for the company, Pat Summerall Productions selected
Southern Miss because of "the energy and drive it devotes to
its research and economic development effort."
have brought significant benefit to the university's and the state's
economic growth. Additionally, we were delighted to find their marine
sciences program has a national and international reputation far
beyond that which our own research uncovered," the spokesperson
for Pat Summerall Productions said.
The show featuring
Southern Miss is scheduled to air as a paid program at 6 a.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 14, on The Discovery Channel.
is great exposure for Southern Miss with a man who has a great national
and international recognition and reputation," Thames said.
"In addition to the national exposure for the university through
the broadcast, we will be able to use the piece for recruitment
of top quality faculty, staff and students. We expect that it will
also be a great tool for us to use when talking with businesses
interested in partnering with us for economic development opportunities."