Bennett says he wants to quickly hire a CFO for Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM's preferred presidential candidate started his campus tour a day early in Hattiesburg and sat down for an exclusive interview with 7 on your side.

Dr. Rodney Bennett, IHL's choice to succeed Martha Saunders spent part of Tuesday on the Southern Miss campus.  Bennett is currently vice president of student affairs at the University of Georgia. 

"One of the first items of business will be to hire a chief financial officer," said Dr. Bennett.  Confidence in any organization I believe lies with the confidence in the resources, so getting a chief financial officer on board as quickly as possible will be very important especially as we go into budget development season for state funding"

Bennett begins his on campus meetings with faculty, staff, and students Wednesday afternoon at USM's Gulf Park campus, and Thursday morning on the main Hattiesburg campus.  The college board will then meet at noon in Hattiesburg to officially name Bennett as the new president.

Video of the interview in its entirety is available on and on the wdam news app for iPhone and Android.

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