Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi State Superintendent of Education,
will serve as fall 2005 commencement speaker at The University of
Southern Mississippi on Dec. 17. Graduation ceremonies will be held
at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum on the university’s
Bounds, a graduate of Southern Miss and a native
of Hattiesburg, served as the Pascagoula School District superintendent
from 2001 to 2005. Other positions he has held within the public
school system include principal of Pascagoula High School from 1999
to 2001, attendance center principal of Lumberton Public Schools
from 1996 to 1999, principal of Forrest County Agricultural High
School from 1994 to1996. Bounds was a teacher at Moss Point High
School in 1993, a graduate assistant at Southern Miss in 1992 and
teacher at Petal High School from 1991 to 1992.
“We’re thrilled to have a Southern
Miss graduate with Dr. Bounds’ reputation address our students
this fall,” said Southern Miss President Shelby Thames.
Bounds earned his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees at Southern Miss and holds a doctorate from the University
of Mississippi. In August, Bounds replaced former State Superintendent
of Education Dr. Henry Johnson, who was nominated by President George
Bush and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to serve as Assistant
U.S. Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
“Dr. Bounds has achieved great success
in the field of education, and we couldn’t be more pleased
that he’s coming back to his alma mater to give the address
to our students at commencement,” said Dr. Willie Pierce,
dean of the College of Education and Psychology.