The State Institutions of higher Learning (IHL) Board of Trustees declared their unanimous vote for Dr. Jim Borsig as President of Mississippi University for Women at the W today in front of the board, staff, faculty, students, alumni and community members.
Dr. Borsig has what some supporters were calling the ideal experience set for the position of president. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education/government/private sector. He currently serves as Associate Commissioner for External Relations and Public Policy for the Mississippi IHL. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science with a Public Administration concentration, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and American Studies, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University.
He is from Jackson, Miss., and has served as Assistant Commissioner for Government Relations for the Miss. IHL, Executive Assistant to President of the University of Southern Mississippi, Research and Development Coordinator for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, and was a visiting professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University.
He has had a hand in the IHL’s work on raising Mississippi’s education attainment level and was able to increase the number of college graduates produced by the university system since 2007. He says he is a strong believer in the women’s mission. “I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead this great university,” he said. “I look forward to working with all members of the MUW family to build on this radition of excellence and provide opportunities for all students. I look forward to working with the Columbus community to help both the university and the region to grow and thrive.”
Madeleine Gardner, a junior elementary education major was pleased with the IHL’s decision. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I think he is going to be a good fit for MUW.”
The students and staff certainly seemed excited about Borsig’s appointment. When revealed, a group entered with balloons and noisemakers, and alumni showered Borsig with a W-theamed gift basket and a MUW sweatshirt. The welcome was no less grand at the reception in Welty Hall’s atrium… a blue carpet was rolled out and alumni, students and staff cheered as Borsig entered the hall. An impromptu rendition of “Hail to Thee,” a beloved MUW song, was led by Alumni Class Cheerleaders and Borsig was visably moved as the entire hall sang along, welcoming him into the MUW family.
Borsig is scheduled to start duties in the first week of January, but said at the celebration that he will really be starting work immediately.
The Board of Trustees also met on Wednesday before the announcement to discuss a University of Mississippi Medical Center $100 million future bonding issue and a Mississippi University for Women personnel matter. The board did not decide on the resolution at the meeting.
The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.0