Horace Weldon Fleming Jr. (1997-2001)
Dr. Horace Weldon Fleming Jr. assumed his duties as Southern Miss’ seventh president Jan. 3, 1997.
During his tenure, the School of Nursing became the College of Nursing, the Office of Technology Resources was created, a master’s program in hydrographic science was added in the Department of Marine Science, a master’s program in workforce training and development was added in the School of Engineering Technology and online classes were instituted.
In addition, Southern Miss unveiled its Strategic Plan for the Future. Designed to plot the University’s course for three to five years, the plan envisioned Southern Miss as “a national university for the Gulf South.”
In 2001, Dr. Fleming introduced the public phase of a $100 million comprehensive campaign. Dr. Fleming resigned the presidency in July 2001.