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.  



Leadership Team


Dr. Christopher Crenshaw

Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Management

Dr. Christopher CrenshawDirector of the Physical Plant since the fall of 2010, Dr. Crenshaw oversees all Hattiesburg 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 personal management, master’s degree in counseling and student personnel services and a doctorate in higher education administration.

Email:   Ph: 601.266.4414



David Bounds

Associate Director for Projects, Operations & Campus Landscape 

David Bounds, Asst Dir for Special ProjectsOversight 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. 

Email:   Ph: 601.266.6253



Joel Lucero

Associate Director, Campus Projects & Development

Joel LuceroAs Associate Director for Campus Projects & Development for the Physical Plant, Joel is responsible for the design and construction of facilities on the Southern Miss campus.  With more than 25 years in the building industry, Joel has served as both a construction project manager and an architectural contract administrator.  He began his tenure with the Physical Plant in 2007 and holds a BS in architectural engineering technology from Southern Miss as well.

 Email:    Ph: 601.266.4428



Andrea Phillips

Associate Director of Business Operations

Andrea Phillips, Associate Dir of Business OpsA Southern Miss employee since 2002, Andrea is responsible for all budgets and financial operations of the physical plant, as well as oversees Stores.  With both a BSBA and a Masters in Accounting from Southern Miss, Andrea, also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), joined the Physical Plant team in 2012.



Email:   Ph: 601.266.6752



Rita Hailey-Burks

Assistant Director for Planning & Space Utilization 

Rita Hailey-Burks, Asst Dir for Planning & Space UtilizationRita 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.




Email:    Ph: 601.266.4426



Michelle Shinall

Assistant Director of Marketing & Campus Relations  

Michelle Shinall, Asst Director for Marketing & Campus RelationsResponsible 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. 

Email:   Ph: 601.266.4415



Haley McMinn

Assistant Director of Sustainability 

Haley McMinn, Asst Director of SustainabilityAs Assistant Director of Sustainability, Haley is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of operational and educational sustainability efforts of The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.   While overseeing both the recycling and EcoEagle Bike programs, Haley also facilitates seminars, conferences, workshops and other sustainability events that encourage faculty, staff, students and the community to establish and strengthen sustainable practices.  A Southern Miss employee since 2007, Haley holds a BA from The University of West Florida, as well as a master's in education from The University of Southern Mississippi where she is currently pursing a doctorate in philosophy.  


Email:   Ph: 601.266.5687