Dr. Michelle Roberts’ former position as Executive Assistant to the President has been restructured, now becoming Vice President for University Relations. With the advancement, Roberts becomes the first female vice president at Delta State. While still responsible for her previous governmental affairs duties, she will now be charged with marketing the university as a whole.
Dr. Myrtis Tabb’s will now serve as Assistant Vice President for Partnerships and Special Projects, managing the University’s outsourced areas, including information technology, food services and the bookstore. In her tenure with Delta State, Tabb has served in several capacities, including Senior Administrator, Special Projects; B. F. Smith Chair for Regional Development; Director of the Center for Community Development; Program Leader of the Mid-South Delta Leaders and Delta Emerging Leaders Program.
Dr. Beverly Moon will also don a new title this coming academic year, transitioning to the Associate Dean for Assessment and Planning. She began her teaching career with Delta State in 1999 as an Associate Professor of English before moving to the administrative side in 2005 where she directed the Honors Program until 2007.
Mike Switzer has been hired as the new Director of the Physical Plant. A graduate of Mississippi State with a degree in civil engineering and a registered Professional Engineer, he previously served as Facility Services Manager at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) in Jackson since June of 2004. Prior to his time in the IHL office, Switzer was a construction engineer for Neel-Schaffer, Inc. in Jackson.
Also in the area of Finance and Administration, Sam Washington’s title is now Director of Procurement and Auxiliary Services. Previously, Washington served as the Director of Purchasing and Property Officer. In his new position, he will also be charged with overseeing risk management.
Dr. Billy C. Moore will serve as the institution’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. The senior member of Delta State’s academic deans, Moore was appointed Dean of the College of Business in July 2003. A native of Cleveland and graduate of Delta State University, he first started with the University in 1986 as an instructor in Economics.
In Moore’s absence from the College of Business, Billy Morehead will serve as Interim Dean of the College of Business. This past academic term, Morehead stepped down from his previous Vice President for Finance and Administration position to accept a full-time teaching position as Chair of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems and Finance.
Dr. Leslie Griffin was recently announced as the new Dean of the College of Education. She first began her tenure with the University in 1992 as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction and returned in 1998 after a one-year stint at Mississippi Valley State University as its Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Elementary Education. Upon her return, Griffin worked as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education before advancing to Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Elementary Education in 2000.