Retirement Roast held for USM administrator Paul

Retirement Roast held for USM administrator Paul

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A long-time Southern Miss administrator who's retiring in a couple of months was guest of honor at a scholarship event Friday night.

Dr. Joe Paul, USM's vice president for students affairs, is retiring at the end of June. And Friday evening, fellow administrators and alumni hosted a retirement roast and banquet for him.

The event also raised funds for a new endowed scholarship in his name.

"Joe Paul's motto has been 'leave it better than you found it' and I think that he's certainly done that and encouraged more than 100,000 students to do the same thing during his tenure," said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Assn.

"It's just such a blessing to be able to come to work everyday and have opportunities to be helpful to people in this great institution," said Joe Paul. "I certainly will miss creating those relationships with emerging student leaders," he said.

Paul has worked at USM for more than 40 years and has held his current position for 21 years.