- Dr. Shelby Thames, president of The University of Southern Mississippi,
joined business and civic leaders here Thursday to celebrate the
contributions of Southern Miss and the university's Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory to the coast community.
university faculty and researchers for innovative and aggressive
research activities that have brought in funding from outside the
state with a total of more than $67 million, a record for the university.
He also noted that Southern Miss enrollment this fall is the largest
in the state.
Dr. D. Jay
Grimes, provost for the coast and director of the Southern Miss
laboratory here, said that the GCRL is one of the largest contributors
to the university's research portfolio at $13 million in grants
and contracts for the 2003 fiscal year.
is the best economic development engine, but you have to drive that
engine," Thames said.
Grimes highlighted the local and university-wide milestones before
about 100 guests assembled at the laboratory for the monthly Business
After Hours of the local Chamber of Commerce. GCRL and the new eatery
Dinner Is Served co-hosted the event.