Dr. Shannon Campbell, a veteran of economic development at all levels, has been named the new director of The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.
Campbell, a Taylorsville, Miss., native, will assume her new position at The University of Southern Mississippi on April 1. She has spent the previous 17 years at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, including the last five as dean of Liberal Arts, Industrial Services and Advanced Technology Center.
Campbell, who has spent the past 22 years as a Collins resident, noted that she became interested in the Trent Lott Center opportunity because of its link between economic development and the University.
“My five years experience serving on the Covington County Economic Development Authority solidified my passion for connecting education with solutions that help communities and businesses prosper,” said Campbell.
As director of the Trent Lott Center, Campbell will be responsible for all facets of economic development such as administering economic impact studies, assisting with technology transfer efforts, creating strategic partnerships and/or connecting business and industry with expertise offered by the University.
“Dr. Campbell’s personal and professional experiences distinguished her in our search process,” said Chad Driskell, executive assistant to the president for external affairs. “She has participated in public and private sector economic development recruitment and retention of business and industry. Helping to ensure that our students have job opportunities is always a priority at Southern Miss. Shannon Campbell will be a great leader in this endeavor.”
Campbell, who owns a poultry and cattle company with her husband, Neal Campbell, earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University (1991). She earned a Master of Science in Workforce Development (2001) and a doctorate in International Development (2007) at Southern Miss.
Campbell takes over her new role on the same day that Dr. Rodney Bennett begins his presidency at Southern Miss. Bennett comes to Southern Miss after spending the past 12 years at the University of Georgia, most recently as vice president for Student Affairs.
“With Dr. Bennett’s new role as president of Southern Miss, I am very optimistic that the University is poised to achieve significant results in economic development and entrepreneurship,” said Campbell. “The University possesses diverse expertise and resources that add value to Mississippi’s communities and companies. I look forward to serving the University and its stakeholders.”