Sarah Case-Price began her affiliation with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi more than a dozen years ago as a student worker. On July 1, she will take over the reins as director.
Case-Price has served in several capacities at the center since becoming a full-time staff member in 2006 – most recently as assistant director. She takes over for acting Director Cindy Bivins, who will continue to help with the center as a volunteer.
“I am extremely excited to be stepping into this role,” said Case-Price. “I hope to lead The Children’s Center in being as influential in early intervention services as my predecessors have done for the past 40 years.”
Case-Price was selected following a national search, with input from a broad cross-section of Center staff and families, the Center Advisory Board, the chair and faculty members of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, the dean of the College of Health and members of the Hattiesburg community. She said her immediate goal is to promote growth that meets the individual needs of children who require specialized services.
“I would like to see us grow – not necessarily in size or physical location or numbers of children served, but in our capacity to serve the whole child – in our ability to meet every need that a child and family of a child with a disability may have,” she said. “We have done an outstanding job thus far, but we can do better.”
Case-Price is married to Hattiesburg area realtor Chris Price. The couple has one daughter -- Josie, age 2.
Established in 1974, The Children’s Center is a full service, intensive, transdisciplinary program within the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss. The Center directly serves more than 90 children and their families from as many as 22 South Mississippi counties.