The Office of the President

Appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), the President of The University of Southern Mississippi is charged with serving as both the chief executive officer and principal educational officer. In general terms, the President is responsible to the Board of Trustees for every facet of institutional operations.

Specifically, the IHL Board delegates to its university presidents administrative control of the universities over which they preside. This includes responsibility for the administration of the divisions and departments of each institution and for keeping its expenditures strictly in harmony with the budget authorized by the IHL Board.

The President also must take the initiative in shaping the university's educational policy and academic standards in cooperation with the State Commissioner of Higher Education. The President has final authority over all employees. The President also is charged with the responsibility of maintaining appropriate standards of student conduct.

Dr. Bennett and Office Staff

Rodney D. Bennett, Ed.D.
President
118 College Drive #5001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601.266-5001
601.266-5756 Fax
president@usm.edu
 
Thomas H. Burke, Ph.D.
Executive Assistant to the President for Administration
118 College Drive #5001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601.266-5001
601.266-5756 Fax
thomas.burke@usm.edu
 
Christa McLeod, MPA
Assistant to the President
118 College Drive #5001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601.266-5001
601.266-5756 Fax
christa.mcleod@usm.edu
 
Polly Odom, B.S.
Executive Secretary to the President
118 College Drive #5001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601-266-5301
601.266-5756 Fax
polly.odom@usm.edu
 
Michael Huddleston, A.B.
Administrative Assistant
118 College Drive #5001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601.266-5001
601.266-5756 Fax
michael.huddleston@usm.edu