Administrative services of the Physical Plant can be found in the Howard Gene Henderson building, on the north side of Fourth Street, behind the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. Home to the Physical Plant since 1976, the building was dedicated in 1993 to Henderson, a former construction engineer and 21-year Director of the Physical Plant.
The administrative team acts as a support system for the many trade areas and services provided by the Physical Plant. The central processing area of the Physical Plant, the Work Control Center, serves as hub for all incoming service calls and requests for the entire Hattiesburg campus. With more than 24,000 work orders processed last year, the work control team also fields numerous phone calls daily, while distributing work requests to the appropriate trade area. In addition to the Work Control Center, the Physical Plant administrative support team also includes an accounting department, human resources, construction, project management and space utilization.
Dr. Christopher Crenshaw
Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Management
Director of the Physical Plant since the fall of 2010, Dr. Crenshaw oversees all Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast facilities and building projects, facility maintenance, custodial and grounds services. Prior to joining the Physical Plant, Dr. Crenshaw served as director of the university’s department of residence life for five years. He has been an employee at Southern Miss in some capacity for nearly twenty years and has served in a variety of positions including associate director of business and operations for residence life, associate director of union and student activities and assistant director for Greek life. Dr. Crenshaw holds three degrees from Southern Miss: a bachelor’s degree in personnel management, master’s degree in counseling and student personnel services and a doctorate in higher education administration.
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Associate Director for Projects, Operations & Campus Landscape
Oversight of construction projects and management of special projects on campus are the major job responsibilities of David Bounds. David is responsible for Mechanical/Plumbing Services, Electrical Services, Building Mintenance, Athletic Grounds, landscape, environmental and transportation services. Prior to joining the Physical Plant in 2007, David served as the associate athletic director for facilities and operations for the Southern Miss athletic department. He is a two-time graduate of Clemson University with a BS in industrial education and a master’s in education.
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Associate Director for Business Operations
As Associate Director of Business Operations, Shana Riles manages the financial operations of the Physical Plant and oversees the department accounting, accounts payable and human resources personnel, as well as Stores. Shana joined the Physical Plant team in 2015, and has also served the University as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Accountancy since 2013. A two-time graduate of Southern Miss, Shana has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master’s in professional accountancy.
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Assistant Director for Planning & Space Utilization
Rita Hailey-Burks is responsible for planning and development of capital projects as well as utilization of campus facilities and spaces. A dedicated Physical Plant employee since 1980, Rita is a Southern Miss Alumni with a BS in Construction Engineering Technology and an MBA.
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Assistant Director for Marketing & Campus Relations
Responsible for all marketing and public relations efforts of the Physical Plant, Michelle serves as the primary point of contact for university building liaisons and supervises the day-to-day operations of the Physical Plant Work Control Center. With a BA in Mass Communications from Dillard University and a MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Michelle joined the Physical Plant team in 2011.
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Assistant Director of Sustainability
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