Provost's Message

September 3, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We have begun the process of identifying and recruiting a new dean for University Libraries. Over the last few weeks, I have consulted with faculty, staff, administrators, and community leaders to identify members of the university and the community who can provide us with the best guidance possible as we undertake this important search. Finding the right leader for our University Libraries is critical to the continued advancement of our research and teaching mission at the University of Southern Mississippi.

I am pleased to announce that we have established an outstanding search committee with broad experience and knowledge that will lead to a highly successful search for the dean of University Libraries. Dr. Steven Moser, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, has agreed to chair the search committee. Other members of the search committee include:

Eric Tribunella, Chair, Department of English

Lillian Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies and Research

Mary Lux, Chair, Department of Medical Laboratory Science

Lois Sumrall, Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Leadership and Health Outcomes

Kenneth Curry, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Linda Ginn, Associate Professor, University Libraries

Jennifer Brannock, Associate Professor, Special Collections, University Libraries

Gwen Downey, Music Cataloging Specialist, University Libraries

Danielle Bishop, Assistant Curator, DeGrummond Collection, University Libraries

Ed McCormack, Associate Dean, University Libraries (Gulf Coast)

David Sliman, Chief Information Officer and Director of iTech

Hugh Broome, Vice President, Graduate Student Senate

Peggy Price, Associate Professor and Reference Librarian

SherRonda Gibbs, Assistant Professor, College of Business


The committee will conduct all aspects of the search including advertisement of the position, review of applicants, initial interviews, campus interviews, and recommendation of preferred candidates to the Provost. After identifying a strong pool of candidates, the committee will conduct interviews early in the Spring 2014 semester in a collaborative process with our campus community.

I wish to extend my thanks to those members of University Libraries and the university and community who have agreed to serve on this search committee and to those who have provided counsel in preparing for this important search.

Denis Wiesenburg