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Bounds Featured Speaker at SMELA Educational Law Policy Luncheon Sept. 24

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Dr. Hank Bounds

The Southern Miss Education Law Association (SMELA) will host the first in a series of Education Law Policy Luncheons on Monday, Sep. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott National Center of Excellence for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. 

The featured speaker at SMELA’s inaugural policy luncheon will be Mississippi’s Commissioner of Higher Education and Southern Miss alumnus, Dr. Hank Bounds. The SMELA consortium, along with Dr. Aubrey Lucas, interim president of the university; Dr. Ann Blackwell, dean of the College of Education and Psychology; and Dr. Thelma Roberson, SMELA faculty advisor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling will welcome Dr. Bounds to campus to discuss emerging trends in Mississippi higher education policy. 

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at a cost of $12 person and requires pre-reservation. Dr. Bounds’ presentation is open to the public at no cost and will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Limited seating is available and pre-registration for the event is required.

SMELA is a graduate student research collaborative.  Its purpose is to create a community of scholars committed to the study of education law. The mission of the organization is to make informed recommendations that ultimately impact policy and practices within the educational community through learning, teaching, publication, and research.  Membership is open to graduate students in any approved program of study at the university. Additionally, university faculty may participate in SMELA as affiliate members.

For information regarding this event or the organization, contact SMELA president Jim Young at james.h.young@eagles.usm.edu.