Mississippi Public Universities
IHL Press Release
BOARD SCHEDULES LISTENING SESSIONS FOR POSITION OF COMMISSIONER; CHOOSES SEARCH FIRM
3/3/2009 - Jackson, Miss.

On Friday, March 6, 2009, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning's (IHL) Board Search Committee for the next Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education, chaired by Trustee Ed Blakeslee of Gulfport, together with Interim Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, will meet with various groups regarding the Commissioner search. The purpose of the meetings is to hear what qualities various constituencies want to see in Mississippi's next Commissioner of Higher Education. These qualities will be considered for the profile and job description for the position. The meetings will held in the IHL Board Room in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS, 39211 (except where indicated) and are open to the media. The schedule is as follows:

  • 2:00 p.m.: Listening session with IHL Executive Office staff;
  • 3:00 p.m.: Listening session with System Cabinet staff (to be held via videoconference in room 935 of the IHL Executive Office Building, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS, 39211); and
  • 4:00 p.m.: Listening session with the general public (any interested person is invited and encouraged to attend).

Members of the general public who are not able to attend the 4:00 p.m. listening session but who are interested in submitting their ideas on the qualities of the next Commissioner of Higher Education may do so by filling out the Search Feedback Form located here.

In addition, at the recommendation of Interim Commissioner Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, Board President Amy Whitten, Chair of the Board Search Committee for the position of Chancellor at the University of Mississippi, and Trustee Ed Blakeslee, Chair of the Board Search Committee for the position of Commissioner of Higher Education, have selected Parker Executive Search to serve in the role of executive search consultant for both positions. Dan Parker, president of the Atlanta-based search firm, will conduct both searches. Visit parkersearch.com for more information about Parker Executive Search.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning's institutional executive officer and commissioner search process allows Mississippi to be on the consideration list of the highest caliber professionals in higher education. The process is open, transparent and representative-based, and works in accordance with today's recruitment standards for high-level institutions of higher learning. For more information on the Board's search process, including a timeline of events, click here.

Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, IHL governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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