University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joseph S. "Joe" Paul has been chosen to serve as Grand Marshal for the school’s 2013 homecoming parade.
“I was honored and humbled that the student body saw fit to make me Grand Marshall of the Homecoming parade," Paul said. "I look forward to seeing so many of our returning alums this homecoming."
A Bay St. Louis, Miss. native, Paul has served more than 30 years as a student affairs administrator at Southern Miss. He has held a variety of positions at Southern Miss before becoming vice president of student affairs in 1993, including assistant director of student activities, assistant vice president and dean of student development. He also teaches in the graduate program in educational leadership in the College of Education and Psychology.
Paul holds a Ph.D. in administration of higher education from the University of Alabama and was named the university’s Most Outstanding Doctoral Student in the field in 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from USM in 1975, graduating magna cum laude from the University Honors College. He received a master’s degree in communication and management from Southern Miss in 1978 and was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 1978, Paul was named the National Association of Student Personnel’s Outstanding New Professional, and in 1981, the Jaycees named him Mississippi’s Outstanding Young Man. He is also a 1987 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
"The homecoming parade was a Southern Miss tradition when I began my undergraduate career in the 1970s," Paul said. "It went away for many, many years. I am happy to see it re-emerge as a Southern Miss tradition and look forward to being a part of it.”
The 2013 Homecoming Parade will take place in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. For more information on the parade route or how to enter, visit www.usm.edu/homecoming/homecoming-parade-guidelines-registration.