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Allen Joins Southern Miss As New Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Date    11-22-05

Contact Christopher Mapp 601.266.4497


HATTIESBURG – A senior executive with experience in military administration as a congressional liaison has been hired as associate vice president for Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi.


In his new role, Dr. Julian Allen will provide support for faculty and staff members to stimulate and facilitate research efforts at the university.


“As a principal investigator of research at Southern Miss, I have gone from concept to funding, to design, to development and to implementation,” Allen said. “I understand the processes with which a researcher in the Southern Miss environment deals with on a daily basis.  I’ve also spent around six years in the congressional liaison business securing funding for viable projects in both the military and civilian worlds.  I’ll use these experiences to further all Southern Miss research efforts.”


Allen is a retired colonel who served as director of Plans and Programs at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. Allen also worked at the Pentagon as the Air Force personnel director’s representative on the Air Force Budget Liaison Team to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. He has 13 years of law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy; the Columbus Reserve Police Officer Course; and the Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy Reserve Course.


A distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College, Allen directed the CEO’s Initiatives and Legislative Affairs Group for the Air Force in Belleville, Ill. He served as commander of the 8th Airlift Squadron in Tacoma, Wash., where he directed a squadron of 12 aircraft and 220 flying support personnel.


“We are positive Dr. Allen can apply his considerable energy and expertise to seeking out research opportunities for our faculty, and we’re excited to have him at Southern Miss,” said Dr. Cecil Burge, vice president of Research and Economic Development.


Allen said Southern Miss has a $75 million research enterprise but it “can’t stop there.” The university’s goal of reaching $100 million in external funding by 2007 is an achievable goal, Allen said, because the University of Southern Mississippi stands firmly on a sound and credible research foundation in a multitude of disciplines.


“Research efforts not only create new knowledge.  They also contribute to the financial health of Southern Miss that helps improve the quality of the traditional classroom learning experience for students pursuing one of the many degrees or other programs offered on all the university’s teaching sites,” he said.


“Likewise, the fact that Southern Miss now sits in the middle of the living laboratory created by Hurricane Katrina makes it the research institution of choice for many externally funded projects now evolving to study the impact of the worst natural disaster to

ever strike America,” Allen said.


Allen received his Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from Southern Miss with an emphasis in criminal justice and earned his Master of Arts in Human Relations and Supervision at Louisiana Tech University. He started his new position with Southern Miss in September. 


A native of Jackson, Allen, 51, is married to Eva Carpenter of Columbus.


About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at


For more information, contact Christopher Mapp by phone at 601.266.4497 or by e-mail at



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