The University of Southern Mississippi is exploring the possibility of adding student housing to its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, officials announced Thursday.
The effort is a response to organizations and individuals along the Gulf Coast asking the university to consider adding housing, said USM President Rodney Bennett in a press release.
An 11-member committee will begin in January to evaluate the feasibility of such a project. The committee's recommendations will then be distributed among the university community, as well as shared with alumni and others connected to the school.
Members of the committee are:
-- Gerald Blessey, city attorney for Biloxi and owner of Blessey Law Firm
-- Cheryl Johnson, president, Regions Bank of Gulfport and USM alumna
-- Shane Loper, chief operating officer of Hancock Holding Company of Gulfport and USM alumnus
-- Ronald G. Peresich, Sr., founding partner of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott in Biloxi
-- Billy Skellie, mayor of City of Long Beach
-- Scott Blackwell, director of Student Housing Administration at USM
-- Christopher Crenshaw, associate vice president for Facilities Planning & Development, USM
-- Chad Driskell, vice president for External Affairs at USM
-- Casey Maugh Funderburk, interim associate provost for the Gulf Park Campus at USM
-- Steven Miller, vice president for the Gulf Park Campus at USM
-- Douglas Vinzant, vice president for Finance and Administration at USM