Provost's Message


Dear Colleagues,

We are about to begin the process of identifying and recruiting a new dean for our College of Science and Technology. Over the last few weeks, I have consulted with faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders to identify members of the university and science and technology community who can provide us with the best guidance possible as we undertake this important search. Finding the right leader for our College of Science and Technology is critical to the continued advancement of our science and technology degree programs and research activities 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 the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health, has agreed to chair the search committee. Other members of the search committee include:

  • Randy Buchanan, Associate Professor, School of Computing
  • Shannon Campbell, Director, Trent Lott Center
  • Ann Marie Chilcutt, President, Student Government Association
  • Desmond Fletcher, Associate Professor, School of Construction and President, Faculty Senate
  • Omar Harvey, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geology
  • Mary Lux, Chair and Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Lisa Nored, Director and Professor, School of Criminal Justice
  • Scott Milroy, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science
  • Vijay Rangachari, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Harriet Perry, Assistant Professor Emerita, Department of Coastal Sciences
  • Mary Peters, Instructor, Department of Mathematics
  • Daniel Savin, Assistant Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
  • Alan Shiller, Professor, Department of Marine Science
  • Shiao Wang, Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

The committee will conduct all aspects of the search, including the 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 the college and the campus community. Appointment of the new dean will be effective July 1, 2014.

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

Denis A. Wiesenburg