By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Students and staff of Mississippi University for Women will have a chance to formally meet the man who may become the university’s next president today.
The university will host a series of meetings throughout the day with Jim Borsig, the person selected by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of High Learning as the preferred candidate for the open MUW president slot.
Board Search Committee Chair Christy Pickering will introduce Borsig, who will then speak for a few moments. A question and answer session will follow. Each of today’s meetings will last approximately 45 minutes.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a meeting for community leaders in the Hogarth Dining Center. The deans, division chairs, department heads and senior program officers will meet with Borsig at 8:45 a.m. in the Cochran Ballroom.
The faculty meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the staff at 10:15 a.m. and the students at 11 a.m., all in the Cochran Ballroom. Alumni and foundation representatives will meet after lunch at 12:45 p.m., and an open meeting for the entire campus and community will be held at 1:30 p.m.
“(The meeting) is a wonderful opportunity not only for them to meet Dr. Borsig, but also for him to meet them,” Sue Jolly-Smith, MUW College of Education and Human Sciences dean, said. “While we will meet Dr. Borsig and learn about his visions for MUW, he will also learn about the campus and community. All who participate will also be able to complete feedback forms which will be compiled and shared with the IHL Board.”
The day will end with a press conference at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Cochran Ballroom. The public will be able to view the press conference on a live webcast at the IHL website, http://www.misssissippi.edu/ihl .
The BSC began interviewing candidates in October who were selected using feedback from the Campus Search Advisory Committee, made up of MUW faculty, students and alumni, as well as members of the Columbus community.
“IHL has a carefully organized, multi-step process that has been followed consistently. It was a privilege to serve with a group of dedicated individuals, both the IHL board members and the Campus Search Advisory Committee, all of whom were committed to finding the best candidate for our campus,” Jolly-Smith, Campus Search Advisory Committee chairperson, said. “We felt a responsibility to those whom we represented.”
Borsig is the associate commissioner for external relations and public policy for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, where he also previously served as the assistant commissioner of government relations. He has worked as the executive assistant to the president of the University of Southern Mississippi and the research and development coordinator for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American Studies and a master’s degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Borsig also has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. He has been a visiting professor at Jackson State University in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning since 2007.
Borsig was named as the preferred candidate two weeks ago. During the press conference, the IHL Board will announce whether they have chosen to appoint Borsig as president or continue on with the search.
“This is an exciting time in the history of our institution, and I am very convinced that Dr. Jim Borsig is the right person at the right time to lead us forward,” Jolly-Smith said. “The Campus Search Interview Advisory Committee unanimously supported the IHL Board’s decision to name Dr. Borsig as the preferred candidate.”