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11.12.12

MSED TO MOVE TO THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS PENDING IHL APPROVAL


Pending Institute of Higher Learning approval, the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program will move to the College of Business and be merged with the Casino, Hospitality, Tourism Management programs. This is following the recommendations of the comprehensive program review conducted by  Donald T. Iannone & Associates  as part of the effort to establish the MSED program as the leading graduate program in the nation for preparing generalists in the practice of US-based local/regional economic development. A search has begun for a chair of the new department.

BRIAN RICHARD TO PURSUE NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY


Brian Richard, long-serving ED faculty member at Southern Miss, will leave in January to pursue new opportunities in Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies, Community and Economic Development division. CGS administers EDA-funded projects, OECD's first ever US-based regional economic development project, and an international research consortium focused on ED practices. "I have enjoyed my time at Southern Miss working with the students, faculty, and ED community," says Richard, who earned his Ph.D. in USM's International Development program.  "The ED Masters program is clearly headed in the right direction with the curriculum revisions and the move to the College of Business." According to Department Chair Mark Miller, "this is a great opportunity for Brian to pursue his long-term career goals. I am confident we will continue working with him in his new situation, expanding our network. And, we may just win him back again someday."

REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONERS AS MSED TEAM TEACHING PARTNERS


Part of the comprehensive review recommendations of nationally known economic consultants, Donald T. Iannone & Associates was the establishment of reflective practitioners as team teaching partners for the academically accredited MSED faculty. This recommendation is being adopted this fall with David Parker, CEcD, Senior Vice-President for the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, co-teaching ED 747 Recruiting Business with Brian Richard. In the spring with Robert Ingram, President/CEO of Common Sense Economic Development LLC, a consulting firm specializing in rural economic development initiatives including community analysis and targeted recruiting, will co-teach ED 765 Business Retention & Expansion with Chad Miller. The addition of this practitioner perspective, to go along with a critical social science perspective, will better prepare economic developers to be successful change managers and makers.  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation is essential for the program and SACS requires that masters students' primary instructor have a PhD in a related field to economic development and have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the specific area of instruction. 

STUDENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HOSTS RECEPTION


Brent Christensen, Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Encourages The Students To Pursue A Career In Economic Development
The Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) and the Economic Development Alumni Constituent Society hosted a reception at the Ogletree House. It was a great opportunity for current students, alumni, friends of the program, and students considering the program to meet.  Lee Johnson, the President of SEDA, along with Angie Collins of the Mississippi Development Authority, and Robert Ingram, President/CEO at Common Sense Economic Development, organized the event. The program greatly appreciates all the work put in by the organizers of this event. The next SEDA event will be the annual spring baseball tailgate. 

 

STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT FREIGHT-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


MSED students, Golda Sharpe, John Hubbard, and Daniel Assamah, along with Logistics, Trade, and Transportation students, attended the Intermodal Freight Conference at the University of Memphis. Before the conference they had the chance to meet with  University of Memphis students studying transportation engineering and participated in a tour of the CN/CSX Intermodal yard and the adjacent Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park to learn about freight-based economic development. The trip was funded by National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), which is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) consortium supported by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

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