CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
- Now & Ever: The university launched the largest comprehensive campaign in the history of Mississippi universities. Now & Ever is an ambitious campaign whose name is drawn from the last line of our alma mater. The Now & Ever campaign will generate at least $1.5 billion in private support and grow our endowment to at least $1 billion. Gifts to this campaign will enable us to invest in the education, experiences, and opportunities that current and future generations of students need to build their personal legacies and lead fulfilling, successful lives. I want to thank the campaign’s first-year leaders: Maj. Gen. Leon and Debra Collins of Madison, and Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy of Memphis. Emily and I are moved by the support received so far for the campaign, and we’re thrilled about what this will mean for our future. Check out this issue’s special section at the end for more about Now & Ever.
- Access for All: As the state’s flagship university, we’re committed to serving all qualified Mississippi students. A vital part of this mission is serving students whose families are new to higher education. Findings from a recent campus survey show that nearly one-third of our student body are first-generation college students. We recently celebrated those students and our ongoing commitment to help succeed with the university’s First-Generation Celebration Week. As a first-gen student myself, I applaud the resiliency, motivation, and drive that I see in our first-generation students. And because of the close relationship between accessibility and affordability, I’m proud that we remain the best value college in Mississippi and one of the best values nationally among public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. We want all of our students to experience academic success, engage with campus life, and reach their fullest potential.
- Positioned for Collaboration: The university’s partnerships with industry and government continue to expand how we can serve our students and our region. We hosted MS Competes, a gathering of state and national leaders who discussed their vision for Mississippi and the university’s leadership role in realizing it. We value the insight from U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in our discussions about technology, innovation, and economic development. In a conversation before a student audience, Sen. Wicker also spoke with former Gov. Haley Barbour about working together in times of political divide. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted the fourth annual REDe Summit, a conference that encourages, celebrates, and enhances entrepreneurial endeavors among students. Finally, we launched a new Industry Engagement Hub, a website to showcases ideas, resources and success stories, inspiring industry leaders to partner with the university in innovative ways. Prospective partners can check out the online portal to learn more about what Ole Miss offers.
Until next month, take care!!
Glenn F. Boyce
Children’s of Mississippi celebrated the first year of serving Mississippi families in the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower.The seven-story tower opened to patients Nov. 2, 2020.
The UM classes of 2024 and 2025 resumed the traditionalRebel Run at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as more than 1,400 students romped across the field before the Ole Miss-Liberty football game.
The UM Museum has been named one of the state’s best for art by Mississippi Magazine, an honor that comes one year after the magazine named William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, which the museum maintains, as the state’s best historic site.
Now & Ever
The Campaign for Ole Miss