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IHL names Hood as assistant commissioner for strategic research

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Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce announced recently that Dr. Jim Hood has been named Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Research for the Institutions of Higher Learning. He has served as Director of Strategic Data Management for IHL since 2011.

As Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Research, Dr. Hood is responsible for the agency’s data and research functions, including data modeling and predictive analytics. He works closely with a variety of constituent groups on educational policy analysis and provides credit hour and performance metric data to operate the agency’s funding allocation model. He has worked extensively with the Education Achievement Council, Mississippi’s Optical Network (MissiON), Mississippi’s Lifetracks System and the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research.

“Dr. Hood collects and analyzes data on all facets of university performance,” said Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “This information is essential for making data-driven decisions that will advance the university system and the state. Dr. Hood’s work with the institutional research officers on the campuses helps direct policies to improve student outcomes.”

As Director of Strategic Data Management, Dr. Hood supervised the implementation of agency’s first online Interactive Data Portal enabling users to develop individualized data queries and developed report cards for the Education Achievement Council and the IHL Diversity Committee. As former Assistant Executive Director of Research and Effectiveness for the Mississippi Community College Board, Dr. Hood has experience with both two-year and four-year postsecondary data systems.

Dr. Hood joined the Institutions of Higher Learning staff in 1996 as Senior Research and Statistical Analyst and has also served as Director of Institutional Research and Director of Institutional Research and Technology at IHL. Prior to joining IHL, Dr. Hood worked at Delta State University as a research analyst. Dr. Hood has developed numerous reports and presentations on postsecondary data metrics and analysis, including enrollment, graduation rates, transfer students and forecasted degree production.

A past president of the Mississippi Association of Institutional Research (MAIR), Dr. Hood received the Jim Nichols Service Award earlier this year. The Nichols Award is the highest award presented to a current or former member of MAIR who has shown exemplary service and leadership to the organization. He serves as a Board Member of the Mississippi Optical Network (MissiON) and as a member of several committees, including the Technical Management Committee for Mississippi Lifetracks and the IHL Diversity Committee Report Card Committee. He serves as the coordinator for the Council of Institutional Research Officers (CIRO) and as conference co-chair for the Creating Futures Through Technology Conference. Dr. Hood served as the system representative to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in 2008 and as the State Coordinator for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) in 2009.

Dr. Hood holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. In addition, he earned a master’s of business administration and a master’s of education, both from Delta State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Delta State.

Dr. Hood and his wife, Angie, have four children and reside in Flowood.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University

Lee named interim associate commissioner for academic and student affairs

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Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce announced recently that Dr. Susan Lee has been named as Interim Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning. She has served as Director of Academic Affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning since 2012.

As Interim Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Lee serves as the university system’s chief academic officer. She provides leadership for the development, interpretation and implementation of all policies related to academic and student affairs. She works closely with the chief academic officers and chief student affairs officers on the campus to ensure the achievement of the system’s strategic goals and mission.

“Dr. Lee has been an integral part of the IHL Staff for many years and has done a wonderful job, said Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “ I appreciate her willingness to step into this role and know that she will continue to do a stellar job leading this area and working with our universities. Her experience on both the campus and system level gives her a keen understanding of the issues students face and how best to address those issues to help all students graduate.”

In her role as Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lee provided leadership for the development and implementation of system-wide academic policy and worked closely with the system provosts and vice presidents of academic affairs, leaders of other segments of higher education in Mississippi and across the nation. She served as liaison to the Mississippi Department of Education in all matters related to the state’s 15 Teacher Preparation Programs and Alternative Route Teacher Preparation Programs. She served as the Director for Title II-Part A and Director of the Higher Education Leadership Team for Post-Secondary Engagement.

Dr. Lee joined the Institutions of Higher Learning staff in 2007 as Director of P-20 Initiatives. Prior to joining IHL, Dr. Lee worked at Delta State University as Director of Field Experiences, Coordinator of Technology for the College of Education, and Adjunct Professor for the Education Leadership Program.

Her other work experiences include serving as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State; Technology Coordinator and elementary and secondary school teacher in the Indianola School District; private piano instructor at Indianola Academy and elementary teacher in the Grenada School District.

Dr. Lee serves on several professional boards, including the Redesign College of Education Advisory Board, SEDL Advisory Board, Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program Board and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education Board. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, The National Scholars Honor Society, and the American Association of University Women. A William J. Fulbright Scholar and Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program Scholar, Dr. Lee was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Exemplary Teachers.

Dr. Lee earned her Doctorate of Professional Studies with an emphasis in higher education administration, an Educational Specialist degree in leadership and administration, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision, all from Delta State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Mississippi State University.

Dr. Lee and her husband, Joe, a registered nurse, have three children and nine grandchildren. They are members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Indianola, which she serves as organist.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Alumni Association announces 2014 homecoming schedule

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently released the 2014 homecoming schedule. The homecoming weekend begins Friday, November 14 with the Margaret Wade Statue dedication at 2:00 p.m. on the west side of Kent Wyatt Hall. At 4:00 p.m., the Inaugural Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture will take place in the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall.

The festivities continue Friday with the Alumni Awards Gala at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. A social for the featured Class of 1964 and the Golden Circle will be held prior to the event at 5:00 p.m., and a social for everyone attending the gala will be held at 6:00 p.m.

The Alumni Association will honor the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, the Hall of Fame inductees and the Service Awards. The Class of 1964 will be inducted into the Golden Circle and the Delta State Department of Athletics will honor the Athletic Hall of Fame, Coaches Hall of Fame and Distinguished Statesmen Award.

Saturday’s activities begin with homecoming registration from 8-11 a.m. at the H.L. Nowell Student Union. The Athletic Alumni executive board meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Dorgan Center conference room, followed by the general meeting at the Bob M. Dearing Hall of Fame Room at the Chadwick-Dickson Field House.

The veterans exhibit opens with refreshments at 10:00 a.m. in Jobe Hall, followed by a ceremony for veterans in the Jobe auditorium. The Wright Art Gallery will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Statesmen Park will open for tailgating at noon.

The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing will host an open house at the Healthy Lifestyle Center on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. The center is located at 1321 Hwy 8 West, Suite 11 and 12. Call 662-843-6251 for additional information.

The Barnes & Noble bookstore located in the Union will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Delta State merchandise will also be available at Statesmen Park from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and in the stadium during the game.

Live entertainment will be provided at the park by Ol’ Skool Revue, Delta RoX and the Delta State All-Star Cheerleaders. Kickoff between Delta State and Mississippi College is at 4:00 p.m. The homecoming queen and court presentation will be held during half time.

Special reunions held at this year’s homecoming include the Class of 1964, the 1954 undefeated football team, the Kappa Alpha Order 50th Reunion and the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Kent Wyatt.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Alumni Awards Gala, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2014. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Payton receives National Teaching Recognition

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Dr. Chad R. Payton, assistant professor of music at Delta State, recently received one of twelve teaching internship awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing organization. As a NATS intern winner, Payton participated in a ten day mentorship program at Ohio State University this summer, where he was paired with master teacher Dr. Brian Horne from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Dr. Payton received daily critiques on his teaching and performing, prepared two students for a live recital at the end of the program and participated in a variety of masterclasses and sessions regarding voice science, learning styles and vocal pedagogy.

Payton is in his fourth year at Delta State where he teaches applied voice lessons, vocal pedagogy, the four diction courses and song literature. Additionally, he hosts the Opera Lecture Series each semester and heads the recruiting committee for the department.

For more information about the Music Department  call at 846-4615.

Delta State University Alumni Association to host Legacies at Pig Pickin’

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Delta State fans come in all shapes and sizes, and in an effort to get younger fans involved, the Alumni Association created the Legacy Program. The Alumni Association’s definition of a legacy is any child fortunate enough to have one of even two parents, grandparents, or legal guardians who are alums or friends of Delta State University. So far, over 1,000 children ages birth-18 have enrolled in the Legacy Program.

To get their Pig Pickin’ experience started at an early age, the Alumni Association will have a “Legacy Tent” at this year’s Pig Pickin’. Each child enrolled in the Legacy Program was mailed a postcard inviting them to Pig Pickin’. Legacies can request a free Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket from the Alumni Association. The Statesmen and Okra will be at the Legacy Tent taking pictures from 1-3 p.m. All members of the Legacy Program and their families are invited to attend.

“The Alumni Association looks forward to the inaugural Legacy Tent at the 29th Annual Pig Pickin,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affiairs. “We hope this will become a tradition with these Legacies and that one day they will be attending Pig Pickin’ as Delta State students.”

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).