Housing Feasibility Study

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FEBRUARY 2016

Work Begins on Housing Feasibility Study for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus

I am writing to provide an update regarding The University of Southern Mississippi’s Housing Feasibility Study initiative. As you may recall, the purpose of this initiative is to consider the possibility of establishing student residential facilities on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Click here to view the original announcement and committee membership information that was shared with the University community and our external stakeholders in November.

The Housing Feasibility Study committee convened on Wednesday, February 3. During this meeting, University leadership outlined the work set to take place during the study.

Through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the Housing Feasibility Study committee will select a vendor who will conduct a market demand analysis of the associated opportunities and potential challenges of housing for the Gulf Park campus.

As part of the analysis, surveys will be conducted with internal and external stakeholders in an effort to obtain feedback on whether or not housing should be considered for the Gulf Park campus. Existing housing availability in the Long Beach area and along the Coast will be assessed, and the physical geography of the campus will also be evaluated. Once complete, data from the market demand analysis will provide information to assist in forming the committee’s recommendations. The committee will then present their recommendations to my office for review. After review of the recommendations, an update will be shared with the University community and external stakeholders.

Moving forward, I have asked that Dr. Steve Miller, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus, provide additional information if the need arises. Should you have any questions about the Housing Feasibility Study initiative or the work of the committee, please contact Dr. Miller at 228.865.4531.

Thank you for your continued support of The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Rodney D. Bennett
President
The University of Southern Mississippi

 


 

NOVEMBER 2015

Committee Established to Evaluate the Feasibility of Residential Facilities on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus

The University of Southern Mississippi strives to meet the needs of all students, and as such, we continue to explore avenues to improve academic success and student development opportunities on each of our campuses. Recently, organizations and individuals along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have asked the University to consider the possibility of establishing student residential facilities on our Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

In response, the University has appointed an 11-person ad hoc committee that will participate in a feasibility study to evaluate associated opportunities and potential challenges. This committee is comprised of internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and alumni of the University as well as community leaders from across the Gulf Coast.

I am pleased to announce the members of this committee, who will conduct this important work:

  • Mr. Gerald Blessey, owner of Blessey Law Firm
  • Ms. Cheryl Johnson, Mississippi Gulf Coast President, Regions Bank and USM alumna
  • Mr. Shane Loper, Chief Operating Officer, Hancock Holding Company of Gulfport and USM alumnus
  • Mr. Ronald G. Peresich, Sr., Founding Partner, Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, LLC of Biloxi
  • The Honorable William Skellie, Mayor, City of Long Beach
  • Dr. Scott Blackwell, Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life, USM
  • Dr. Christopher Crenshaw, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management, USM
  • Mr. Chad Driskell, Vice President for External Affairs, USM
  • Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, Vice Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, USM
  • Dr. Steven Miller, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus, USM
  • Dr. Douglas Vinzant, Vice President for Finance and Administration, USM

It is our goal to be as transparent as possible throughout this process. The committee’s work will begin in January and will continue until the study is complete. The committee’s recommendations will then be shared with alumni and friends of the University along the Coast as well as the University community. Committee members will be an integral part of communicating the study’s progress and results.

I appreciate your continued support of The University of Southern Mississippi, and I look forward to the work of these individuals in evaluating the feasibility of student residential facilities on our Gulf Park campus.

Should you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Dr. Steve Miller, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus, at 228.865.4531.

 

Rodney D. Bennett
President
The University of Southern Mississippi