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Board of Trustees names Dr. Glenn Boyce as Commissioner of Higher Education

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Dr. Glenn Boyce, Associate Commissioner of Academic Affairs at the Institutions of Higher Learning, as Commissioner of Higher Education at a press conference held today in Jackson, allowing Dr. Jim Borsig to return to his duties as president of Mississippi University for Women exclusively.

“Dr. Boyce has a proven track record of success in educational leadership,” said Aubrey Patterson, President of the Board of Trustees. “With more than 30 years of experience working at all levels of education, we know he will provide excellent leadership to the system during this important time.”

Dr. Boyce joined IHL in July after serving as President of Holmes Community College for more than nine years.

“I greatly appreciate the trust and confidence placed in me by the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Boyce. “While there are many challenges in higher education today, I look forward to working with the Board and the many talented individuals throughout the university system to move our universities and our state forward. Through more than 30 years of experience I have learned that, working together, we can meet the challenges and create opportunities for our students that will translate to growth and prosperity for our state.”

Dr. Boyce served as a trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation and was a founding Board member of the State Longitudinal Data System. The SLDS securely and efficiently facilitates research and analysis and provides linkages between early childhood, K-12, postsecondary education, and the workforce. Mississippi was one of the first states in the nation to develop a data system to link, match, and share education and workforce data leading to an enriched ability within the state to improve career-readiness outcomes and enhance success in the economy.

Dr. Boyce has served as Co-Chair of the Education Achievement Council, working collaboratively with all levels of education, state leaders and the business community to increase educational attainment in the state. Having worked with the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, Three Rivers Planning and Development District, North Central Development District, and the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association, he has a broad understanding of economic development and workforce training.

A lifelong educator, Dr. Boyce has extensive experience in leading educational institutions on both the secondary and post-secondary level. Under his leadership, Holmes reached the highest enrollment in school history and was recognized nationally as one of the nation’s highest achieving community colleges by the Aspen Institute.

During his tenure, Holmes achieved a record number of graduates and was one of the leading institutions in the community college system in the percentage of increased graduates for several years. The college significantly expanded teaching locations across its service area and opened numerous new academic, career/technical, and allied health programs throughout its district.

He served in a number of roles with the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, including Chair of the Performance and Accountability Committee, member of the Athletic Committee, former chair and current member of the Phi Theta Kappa Committee, and member of the Legislative Committee.

Prior to being named president of Holmes, Dr. Boyce served as vice president for community and workforce development and as the district director of career-technical education for the community college, which covers a nine-county district in Central Mississippi.

Dr. Boyce has worked on levels of the education spectrum. Prior to joining the community college, he served as assistant superintendent for secondary programs for the Rankin County School District and high school and attendance center principal of the Northwest Rankin Attendance Center.

Dr. Boyce holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in education administration from Mississippi College and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Boyce and his wife have three daughters and are active members of Madison United Methodist Church in Madison.

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DSU Foundation honors Coach “Boo” Ferriss with MSU donation

Delta State University President William N. LaForge, right, presented a donation from the DSU Foundation to Mississippi State University’s Dudy Noble stadium baseball project to MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, prior to Thursday’s meeting of the state College Board in Jackson. The gift honors former MSU baseball great and longtime DSU coach and administrator David M. “Boo” Ferriss. Ferriss was MSU’s first scholarship baseball player and went on to a remarkable career in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

The Delta State University Foundation has made a $10,000 donation to the Mississippi State University Dudy Noble Stadium project in honor of MSU baseball great and former longtime DSU head baseball coach David M. “Boo” Ferriss.

The Shaw, Miss., native is a member of the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Ferriss, 93, played at State in 1941 and 1942 and holds the distinction of being the first player to attend Mississippi State on a baseball scholarship.

“Boo Ferriss is one of our state’s most beloved sports figures,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “He will forever be both a Bulldog and a Statesman, and because of his association with the great baseball programs at our two institutions, it is most appropriate that we join with Delta State in honoring Coach Ferriss in this manner. We are grateful to the Delta State University family for this most generous gift.”

Delta State President William N. LaForge noted the significance of this donation.

“This contribution, from one institution’s foundation to another, is significant because it’s yet another way for all of us to pay great tribute to this outstanding man — particularly because it’s Boo Ferriss’s alma mater where he also played,” said LaForge.

“This gift is a win-win — meaning the Delta State community can once again hold up our hero and legend Coach Boo Ferriss, while supporting a very worthwhile endeavor at the school where he first made his name,” LaForge added. “It also serves to honor him and provides donor satisfaction to the contributors for this project, all of which are private dollars. No institutional funds are being used for this project.”

LaForge presented the gift to Keenum on Thursday prior to the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson.

After his playing days, Ferriss entered the coaching profession and is credited with building the legendary baseball program at Delta State. In his 26 seasons at Delta State, Ferriss’s teams won 639 games and lost only 387. He led the way to four Gulf South Conference championships, three National Collegiate Athletic Association regional titles, and placed second once and third twice in the College World Series.

Ferriss served as the first executive director of the Delta State Foundation until he retired from the institution in 1988. Keith Fulcher, executive director of the DSU Foundation, has worked closely with Ferriss throughout the years.

“The Delta State University Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to honor Coach Ferriss through this gift, especially since he was named the first director of the Foundation in 1967. The successes we’ve enjoyed in private support are due to his years of building lifelong relationships with our alumni and donors. No one has done it better than Coach Ferriss,” said Fulcher.

Coach Ferriss has left a lasting impact on the current president of the Delta State Foundation James T. Harvey and many others.

“As President of the Delta State University Foundation Board of Directors and a former player for Coach Dave ‘Boo’ Ferriss, I am pleased to honor him with this gift of $10,000 to his alma mater, Mississippi State University,” said Harvey. “Coach Ferriss’s legacy and impact in the baseball world transcends universities and reaches across the United States. My hope is that the gift will help the next generation of baseball players and fans to emulate the love of the game that Coach Ferriss has imparted to so many of us.”

MSU, Mississippi’s flagship research university, is online at www.msstate.edu, meridian.msstate.edu, facebook.com/msstate, instagram.com/msstate, pinterest.com/msstate and twitter.com/msstate. Invest in the MSU Foundation at infiniteimpactmsu.com.

Delta State University, a regional university of national distinction, is online at www.deltastate.edu, facebook.com/deltastateuniversity and twitter.com/deltastate. Support Delta State through the DSU Foundation online at deltastategiving.org.

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