Selected Speeches by Dr. Bennett

Marine Technologies Economic Forum

June 5, 2014

I am pleased to have the opportunity to personally welcome each of you to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and to The University of Southern Mississippi.  I am confident that today’s session will include meaningful dialogue about research and economic opportunities along the coast, and I thank you for joining us.

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Inaugural Address

May 2, 2014

I cannot tell you how much joy I have in my heart on this special occasion or how much this celebration means to me.  I am so very grateful to share this occasion with my family, with my friends, and with our University community.  Thank you for this moment.

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Tornado Commemoration

Feb. 10, 2014

It is hard to believe that it has been one year since an EF-4 tornado ripped a path through Hattiesburg and along the front of our campus. ... What I have learned over the past year is that each and every member of The University of Southern Mississippi’s community is persistent and determined.  

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Gov. Phil Bryant and Army ROTC

Oct. 11, 2013

Good morning everyone, and thank you for being here today.  Joining me are the Governor of the state of Mississippi and Major General Buff Blount, who will also make comments regarding the U.S. Army’s decision to close the USM Army ROTC program following the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Armstrong-Branch Plaza Dedication

Sept. 6, 2013

It is always wonderful to celebrate the completion of a project – but we are also here today to dedicate this plaza in commemoration of a significant milestone in the history of our university. Forty-eight years ago today, two African-American women ended segregation here at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

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Area Development Partnership

Sept. 6, 2013

Good morning everyone, and thank you, Dean Moser, for that introduction.  I am happy this morning to have the opportunity to speak to what I consider to be a hometown group – people who, for decades, have supported the university through our many successes … and maybe one or two, in retrospect, things that we would probably want to do over. 

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