September 22, 2014  

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Southern Miss President Bennett Listed Among EBONY’S Power 100

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Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett joins an illustrious group of honorees named recently to EBONY’s annual Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans.

In the December/January issue hitting newsstands the week of Nov. 4, EBONY reveals the 2013 Power 100, featuring an impressive listing of game-changers including President Barack Obama, entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey and basketball legend Magic Johnson.

The Power 100 list is divided into 14 categories of recognition. Bennett is included among “The Firsts” for becoming the first African-American to lead Southern Miss or any of the state’s historically white institutions of higher learning.

“This recognition by EBONY is certainly humbling, and it serves as a reminder of the responsibility I take very seriously as president of The University of Southern Mississippi,” said Bennett. “As educators at institutions of higher learning, we must strive to provide an environment of opportunity that helps students achieve their goals and succeed in and beyond the classroom.”

A Tennessee native, Bennett became the 10th president at Southern Miss on April 1 of this year. He came to Southern Miss from the University of Georgia where he served as vice president for student affairs.

“The EBONY Power 100 speaks volumes about the diversity of our accomplishments and the power of our collective influence across virtually every spectrum of society,” said EBONY Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett. “We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us, and who have helped to shape our lives.”

To see the complete list of EBONY honorees, visit: http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/ebony-power-100-2013-730#.UmhmFHCTySq