July 22, 2014  

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Southern Miss College of Business Announces Administrative Changes

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Dr. Bret Becton

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the College’s associate dean after Dr. Joe Peyrefitte returned to a faculty position. Becton will be in charge of operations and accreditation for the College of Business.

Dr. Mike Wittmann is now serving as both the chair for Marketing and the interim chair of Management. Dr. Lisa Flynn, the former Marketing chair, has returned to a full-time faculty position in the department. Dr. Dave Duhon, the former Management chair, retired after more than two decades of service to Southern Miss and the College of Business.

Dr. Gwen Pate accepted the position of the Director of the School of Accountancy, which became open following the retirement of Dr. Skip Hughes. Pate was formerly the associate dean of Undergraduate Programs and Assessment. That position will now be filled by Dr. Brigitte Burgess, who served as the Merchandising coordinator for the last seven years.

“It is an exciting time to have these leaders move the College of Business forward,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business. “We are all focused on engaging our students with the Gulf South Region and the skills needed for the future. These four exceptional people will excel in this endeavor.”

To learn more about the Southern Miss College of Business, call 601.266.4659 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/business