Beloved administrator Joe Paul now permanent President of USM | Mississippi Politics and News

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Better Discovering formally named Dr. Joe Paul, as President of the College of Southern Mississippi.

Paul was named Interim President in July though a research was executed.  As the final result of a number of listening periods with learners, college, alumni and group leaders, it was obvious the Paul was a consensus alternative for the lasting appointment.

“Dr. Paul is nicely-regarded to the campus local community and certainly demands no introduction. At the Listening Sessions, scores of Southern Miss alumni and learners described the way Dr. Paul keeps the demands of the pupils first and foremost and presents just about every one the support wanted for them to soar,” stated Trustee Tom Duff, co-chair of the Board Lookup Committee. “The personalized knowledge students acquire at the college are a single of the numerous attributes that make The College of Southern Mississippi exclusive. Dr. Paul is the ideal man or woman to build on these strengths and enable the university attain the up coming amount of results.”

“We have operate to do in developing the enrollment, maximizing our impression on our Mississippi Gulf Coast and making certain the continued progress of our research enterprise,” reported Dr. Paul. “I am also deeply fully commited to building an unapparelled college student lifetime and leadership encounter. A spirit of shared governance will be front and middle for me. I want to assure all that I will attack these future 4 many years with the vitality and urgency with which I have approached these initially 4 months. We will chase audacious ambitions with enthusiasm and persistence. Our Southern Skip grit will prevail.”

Paul retains a Ph.D. in administration of greater training from the University of Alabama and was named the university’s Most Outstanding Doctoral Pupil in the field in 1985. The Bay St. Louis native gained a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from USM in 1975, graduating magna cum laude from the College Honors School, and acquired a master’s degree in communication and administration from Southern Overlook in 1978. He was inducted into the College of Southern Mississippi Alumni Corridor of Fame in 2000.

The formal announcement will take place Thursday on campus at 3:00 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Heart.  Courses for the working day had already been cancelled in advance of a nationally televised soccer video game on ESPN involving Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette.