The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi will have three new department chairs in place when the 2016 fall semester begins – although each is certainly no stranger to the college, or the University.
Dr. Faye Gilbert, Dean of the College of Business, has announced that Dr. Stacey A. Hall is the new chair of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, & Sport Management; Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte is the new chair of the Department of Management and International Business, and Dr. Leisa Flynn is the new chair of the Department of Marketing and Merchandising.
“With our accreditation visit this fall, the promise of Scianna Hall, and the changing environment for education, I could not have designed a stronger team than what we will have in place for fall 2016,” said Gilbert. “These are seasoned professionals who know Southern Miss, publish well in their fields, and have an affinity for the students and community here. Our phrase for this year is ‘Business, Inspired,’ and these are the leaders who exemplify that vision.”
Hall, who has served as a faculty member at Southern Miss for the past 10 years, takes over for Dr. William Smith, who retired as Chair of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Sport Management in June. A native of Portadown, Northern Ireland, Hall earned all of her degrees at Southern Miss: undergraduate in 2001, master’s in 2003, and doctorate in 2006.
“Working in higher education administration has always been a goal of mine,” said Hall. “I am thankful for the management/leadership experiences provided to me prior to this appointment, and I believe it will serve me well as I embark on this new journey. I am most excited for the opportunity to lead a distinctive department with national recognized undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as collaborate with excellent faculty whom are highly productive in their respective fields.”
Peyrefitte, who joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2002, takes over the Department of Management and International Business from Dr. Bruce Gilstrap, who left the University earlier this year. A native of Miami, Fla., Peyrefitte earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (1980); his master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University (1989); and his doctorate from Florida Atlantic University (1996).
“The department chair serves as an important link between the needs of students, faculty, and administration,” said Peyrefitte. “An immediate objective is to grow our department in areas in which we have capacity for growth, while maintaining a high level of quality in serving approximately 1,000 majors through graduation. We need to recruit wisely, foster retention, and assist our students in progression toward degrees and career placement.”
Flynn, who previously served as chair of the Department of Marketing and Merchandising from 2010-13, takes over for Dr. William Smith, who had been serving as interim chair. A native of New Orleans, Flynn has been a member of the Southern Miss faculty since 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College; her master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, and her doctorate from the University of Alabama.
“Being named the department chair gives me a chance to serve the faculty for whom I have a great deal of respect,” said Flynn. “By enabling our faculty to be their best, we can all do a great job in the classroom, in our research endeavors, and in service to the University as a whole.”
She notes that growing enrollment and preparing for the college’s reaccreditation visit this fall remain top priorities.
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