Miss. higher ed chief, Southern Miss pres. get raises

Mississippi higher education chief Tom Meredith has received a $16,250 raise to $366,250 a year.

The College Board approved the raise yesterday during a meeting in Jackson.

The 5 percent raise was Meredith's first since taking the job in 2005. The increase was part of the 5 percent merit-based raises the Legislature approved for state employees.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders will receive an additional $25,000 from the USM Foundation. She'll now earn $345,500 a year, including a state salary of $220,500.