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MS - Dr. Shannon Campbell Selected to Lead USM’s Coastal Operations

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected a leading strategic planning and economic development professional to position USM’s coastal teaching and research sites in Long Beach, Gulfport, Ocean Springs and at the Stennis Space Center for future growth in support of the education, business and industry needs unique to the region.

Dr. Shannon Campbell will begin her new role as Senior Associate Vice President for Coastal Operations on March 1.

In this new position, Campbell will serve as the lead administrative officer for the university’s coastal operations and will be part of USM’s senior leadership team. She will plan, develop and coordinate all administrative proceedings for a wide range of activities, programs and services that enhance the quality of student life at the university, and she will serve as the lead strategist and relationship builder for coastal initiatives.

“Dr. Campbell has a deep understanding of the State of Mississippi and has spent decades cultivating rich relationships with community partners,” said USM President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett. “I am confident her strong ties across our state will elevate and further enhance the university’s coastal operations, which remain a key component in our larger vision to be the model for public higher education across the country.”

“I am excited about Dr. Campbell’s depth of experience with Mississippi’s community college system and her strong relationships with our community college partners,” Bennett added. “I look forward to her leadership as we continue USM’s work to expand educational access and opportunities for the pipeline of students who begin their educational journeys in that system.”

In recent years, Campbell has led the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi. As the center’s director, Campbell administered economic impact studies, created strategic partnerships and connected business and industry with expertise offered by the university.

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