Shawnboda Mead to Advance UM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals

Respected leader named vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement

OXFORD, Miss. – Shawnboda Mead, a higher education professional with more than 17 years of experience, has been named vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement at the University of Mississippi. The board of trustees of the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning approved Mead’s appointment at its monthly meeting Thursday (Sept. 16). As vice chancellor,Read the story …

New Center for Mathematics and Science Education Director Takes Charge

Alice Steimle has helped lead center's programs to improve STEM education for 14 years

OXFORD, Miss. – Fourteen years ago, Alice Steimle joined the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi as an assistant instructional professor and project manager. Two promotions later, she recently became the center’s new director. The CMSE’s mission is to improve mathematics and science education in Mississippi by helping build relationshipsRead the story …

University Appoints David Whitcomb as General Counsel

Accomplished attorney brings more than 25 years of legal experience

OXFORD, Miss. – David Whitcomb, an attorney with more than 25 years of experience across the corporate, governmental and higher education sectors, has been appointed as chief legal officer and general counsel at the University of Mississippi. Whitcomb comes to Ole Miss from the University of Tennessee System, where he served as deputy general counsel. In hisRead the story …

Meet Daniel Sanford, UM’s Next Chief of Police

Daniel Sanford, veteran University of Alabama law enforcement officer, takes the helm at UPD Aug. 9

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has hired Daniel Sanford, veteran law enforcement officer from another Southeastern Conference university, as its next director of University Police and Campus Safety.  Sanford will join Ole Miss Aug. 9 from the University of Alabama, where he served as assistant chief of police since 2019. The incoming chiefRead the story …

Memories of Marie Malveaux

University's second Black faculty member fondly remembered for her kindness and support

OXFORD, Miss. – Alumni and former administrators of the University of Mississippi are fondly remembering the late Marie Alexandria Malveaux, the university’s second African American faculty member, a caring mentor to all students and a dedicated scholar who sought to build community both on and off campus. Malveaux, 93, died June 17 in her homeRead the story …

Scott Vitell Bids UM Farewell Following Distinguished Career

After nearly four decades, respected Phil B. Hardin Chair of Business Ethics entering retirement

OXFORD, Miss. – Nearing 40 years of employment at the University of Mississippi, Scott Vitell – the longest-serving faculty member in the School of Business Administration – is retiring. Vitell, who came to the university in 1984, has held the Phil B. Hardin Chair of Business Ethics for most of his tenure. The position isRead the story …

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester

OXFORD, Miss. – Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior faculty and two received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Research,Read the story …

Coats Named Interim Executive Director of DeSoto Campus

Rick Gregory retiring after 30-year career in education

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center campus in Southaven will see a transition in leadership this summer with the retirement of executive director Rick Gregory and the promotion of Patricia “Pat” Coats into this role. Gregory is closing out a career in education that spans more than 30 years and twoRead the story …

UM Names New Head of Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance

Kimberly DeVries to oversee equal employment and education opportunities, discrimination complaints

OXFORD, Miss. – Kimberly DeVries has been hired as the new director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance at the University of Mississippi. Formerly director of Equal Opportunity Compliance at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan for the past six years, DeVries joins the university on Aug. 2. “I’m very much lookingRead the story …

Applied Sciences Faculty Member Named Faculty Senate Chair

Daniel Durkin begins his tenure this summer

OXFORD, Miss. – Daniel Durkin, an associate professor of social work at the University of Mississippi, has been named chair of the Faculty Senate for the upcoming three-year term. The Faculty Senate makes recommendations to the chancellor, provost and Council of Academic Administrators on policies affecting the university and provides guidance on such matters whenRead the story …