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IHL to visit USM for input on hiring new President

Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, interim president at Southern Miss, speaks to faculty and staff at a fall convocation Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, interim president at Southern Miss, speaks to faculty and staff at a fall convocation Wednesday afternoon.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The search for a new permanent president of Southern Miss will take a big step forward next week, as the State College Board will visit Hattiesburg to take input from the campus community. A search committee, along with consultants, will hear from USM administrators, faculty and others in several "listening sessions" to be conducted Sept. 19.

The selection of a new president was one of the topics discussed by Interim President Dr. Aubrey Lucas at a fall convocation Wednesday afternoon.

Lucas took over for former president Dr. Martha Saunders after she resigned in April. She is now a faculty member on the Gulf Coast Campus.

"Once they come and do the listening, the consultants then advertise in all the appropriate places for people who are interested to apply," said Dr. Lucas. "Now, some people apply directly. Most of the people are recommended by someone else," he said.

Also today, Lucas officially welcomed the school's 80 new faculty members and recognized more than a dozen faculty and staff award winners.

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