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Meet the Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson


We are 'VIRTUALLY' committed to developing HEALTHY, CONNECTED, and LEARNING-FOCUSED students and communities.

Messages from the VPSA

Dear Students,

These past few weeks have been very difficult for all of us as we transition to our new normal of social distancing, staying at home, and learning through new formats and in new ways. Despite this, I have heard many stories about all the great things you are accomplishing, and I am so proud of each of you.

During this time, the Division of Student Affairs wants you to know that, even virtually, we are still committed to our mission of developing healthyconnected and learning-focused students and communities. Please find below some resources available to all students. 

Student Connections

There’s a new site in town! The Student Connections team has created a platform to help you stay connected while social distancing. Visit the link below to explore the new Virtual Activities and Programming page. We invite you to share your adventures with us by using #StayConnectedUSM when you post to social media.

Campus Recreation   

Campus Recreation has gone virtual! Follow to keep your workout routines going while we are social distancing. The team is producing daily workout videos, interactive programming, and online intramural leagues for your fitness, health and wellness needs.  

Student Government Association   

Congratulations to our new Student Government Association Officers!   

SGA President – Rachel Shoemaker

Senior Vice President – Olivia LeBlanc

Vice President of Judicial Affairs – Kelsi Ford

Vice President of Finance and Administration – Mallory Ivy

Vice President of Communication – Anna Denette  

Be on the lookout for more information about SGA elections at the Gulf Park campus. 

Esports Tournament

Are you missing traditional sporting events? Check out the USM Esports Teams as they participate in the Ole Miss Rebel Rumble Esports Tournament on April 18. The Eagle Esports Association (EEA) will also begin hosting virtual game nights within the next two weeks. You can learn more about the tournament, the teams, or the upcoming events from EEA by following the twitter account at @USMesports or by joining the discord server at  

Learning in FOCUS Blog 

The purpose of this blog, called Learning In FOCUS, is to sharpen students’ focus on learning by providing resources and tips to assist in perfecting your ability to learn and develop the skills needed for success. Learn more about the blog’s purpose here:   

Access the latest posts with this link:

Student Health Services Hours 

  • Clinic and pharmacy hours for Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center have been updated to 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic and pharmacy will be closed April 10 (Good Friday).
    • Call ahead if you experience COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing).
    • More information about telemedicine and pharmacy pick-up options for routine health needs is available on their website

Student Counseling Services

  • Student Counseling Services remains available to assist students who may be feeling anxiety related to COVID-19 or social isolation.
    • Counselors are available remotely for students who are currently residing in Mississippi.
    • Counselors will assist students who are currently residing out-of-state with finding resources where they are located.
    • Students may call 601.266.4829 for assistance during normal business hours.
    • For after-hours and weekend emergencies, call 601.606.4357.
    • More information is available on the Student Counseling Services website.

Please continue to monitor the University’s official COVID-19 website for accurate information and critical updates, and check your University email account frequently.    

For academic resources, please visit the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.   

For general questions, please contact the Dean of Students office at 601.266.6028.     

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay connected. Stay home.  


Dee Dee Anderson, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs


In the Spring of 2018, the University selected Dr. Dee Dee Anderson to lead the Division of Student Affairs at Southern Miss. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Anderson served as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she provided leadership, vision and strategic direction for the Division of Student Affairs. She has previously held positions as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Her broad experiences and over 20-year career are complemented by leadership positions in various professional associations and community service. She is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and currently serves on the Associate Vice President Steering Committee. In 2017, Dr. Anderson was awarded the Women in Higher Education Tennessee Women of Achievement Award. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and her daughter, Katelin. Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate degree in Education Leadership, a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

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