Mississippi Public Universities
Academic & Student Affairs
As staff to the Board of Trustees, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs coordinates system-wide activities through the formulation, interpretation, and implementation of policies related to academic programs, teaching and learning, student affairs, and continuing education. In addition, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs promotes academic quality in educational development to meet the diverse academic, workforce and lifelong needs of all Mississippians.
Office Staff
Eric Atchison
Institutional Research Analyst
Telephone: 601.432.6288

Lashanda Colbert-Vance
Special Projects Director for GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.7804

Nira Coleman-Johnson
Director of GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.7876

Menia Dykes
Director of Accreditation
Telephone: 601.432.6372

Mitzi Gendron
Research Analyst
Telephone: 601.432.6445

Mary Grant Lee
Evaluation & Compliance Director for GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.6958

Dedria Holmes
Administrative Assistant for GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.7876

Jim Hood
Director of Strategic Data Management
Telephone: 601.432.7011

Susan P. Lee
Director of Academic Affairs
Telephone: 601.432.6522

Lacey Loftin
Special Projects Manager
Telephone: 601.432.6621

Janette McCrory
Director of Nursing Education
Telephone: 601.432.6486

Gloria Miller
Director of Student Services
Telephone: 601.432.6422

Juanester Russell
Associate Director of GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.7807

Ronjanett Taylor
ARM State Program Director
Telephone: 601.432.6380

Deborah Taylor
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Commissioner of Academic and Student Affairs
Telephone: 601.432.6501

Briana N. Thompson
Program Support Specialist for GEAR UP MS
Telephone: 601.432.6159

Casey Turnage
Director of P-20 Initiatives and Enrollment Management
Telephone: 601.432.6458

Marsha Watson
Director of College Knowledge Project
Telephone: 601.432.6177