The University of Southern Mississippi has received a vital financial boost from the Mississippi Legislature in the form of a general support bill that includes funds for renovation and repairs related to the Feb. 10 tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus.
The bill designates a significant increase to the State Institutions of Higher Learning budget. Included in the appropriations are $1.655 million to Southern Miss for renovation and repairs to buildings and another $1.1 million to purchase musical instruments and equipment damaged by the tornado.
Chad Driskell, executive assistant to the President for External Affairs, credits House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Eugene S. Clarke and members of the local legislative delegation for helping expedite additional funding for Southern Miss.
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