Governor Phil Bryant spoke on the steps of Southern Hall in an effort to save the Army ROTC program.
Administrators received an official notice from the Department of the Army stating that the closure would be effective at the end of 2015. The Southern Miss ROTC program, which dates back to 1951, is one of 13 nationwide targeted for closure and the only one among six such programs in Mississippi, according to the issued news release.
In the letter to Southern Miss, Army officials indicated that the action was not a reflection of the University's program, but was reached "after careful consideration of how to best accomplish its mission with a reduction of resources."
Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett issued a news release on October 4 that stated the University intends to utilize all channels available in an effort to have the Southern Miss ROTC program removed from the closure list.