HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Federal, state and local officials gathered at Southern Miss Friday afternoon for the inauguration of Dr. Rodney D. Bennett as that university's 10th president.
Bennett has actually been serving as president since Apr. 1, 2013.
Dignitaries who attended included Sen. Roger Wicker, Dist. 4 Rep. Steven Palazzo and Dist. 3 Rep. Greg Harper.
"We have a long-standing tradition and history of excellence at USM and it's my great honor to be a part of the way forward in continuing that legacy," Bennett said.
"The future of this institution under Dr. Bennett has no bounds," said Aubrey Patterson, president of the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning. "He is clearly a person with a vision and the practical background," he said.
The inaugural address was given by Dr. Michael Adams, president emeritus of the University of Georgia.