Search for new provost/vice president continues


The University of Southern Mississippi continues to search for the new Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs.

According to the Hattiesburg American, Steven Moser stepped up as interim provost by the request of Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett. Moser, professor of music and dean of the College of Arts and Letters, replaced Denis Wiesenburg, who previously held the position since November 2011.

Moser said he will not be pursuing the permanent position.

Back in April, Bennett discussed Wiesenburg’s resignation in an email he sent to the USM student body.

“I have accepted Dr. Wiesenburg’s resignation and thank him for his service not only to academic affairs, but also to the university as a whole. I wish him well as he continues to contribute to our university community.” – Bennett said. 

The university assembled a 28-member screening committee consisting of Southern Miss faculty and alumni to handle various aspects of the hiring process and advise Bennett’s final decision. Additionally, the university employed the aid of Atlanta-based search firm Parker Executive Search, which specializes in hiring senior-level executive officers for clients in areas such as higher education.

Sabine Heinhorst, chair of the screening committee, said the search is progressing on schedule, and a list of applicants have been compiled.

“The pool size is healthy, and the search committee is looking forward to identifying a short list of candidates to invite for interviews,” said Heinhorst, who is also professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “The committee is looking for a Provost who will be an effective academic leader for our university and will
interact effectively with all constituencies inside and outside of Southern Miss.”

The university will make a final decision in late October or early November. The new provost will start Jan. 1, 2016.