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
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