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"The fun money is private money.
At Southern Miss, I've got state
dollars and I've got Foundation
dollars. It's real easy to tell them
apart. I tell people I've got two
checkbooks. I've got my booze
account and my non-booze account.
Out of the state money I'm pretty
constrained what in I can do. ...
Foundation dollars, that's when I
take my money out of my booze
account, I can pretty much do
anything I want with it." D. Harold
Doty, former Dean, College of
Business, University of Southern
Mississippi, current Dean,
University of Texas at Tyler
In August 2011, Martha
Saunders smiled as she
presented Galaxy Tabs to
selected students. Now, three
senior adminstrators have
been suspended. Will
Saunders be next? (For more
reports re "Tabletgate", click
February 21, 2012, Noon
President Saunders: Inefficient and Ineffective Use of Students' and Taxpayers' Money,
Part 2, 2011 Costs and Use of King Air N777AQ: Boy's Night Out
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A good place to start is Cost Per Flight
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detailed cost and usage data obtained
through open records requests.
February 10, 2012
Dear usmnews.net, I don't know why Russ Willis stepped down from a
high level administrative job [Vice President for Administrative Affairs],
but I'd be surprised if it was overwork as suggested during a recent
Faculty Senate meeting.
The Farm News Briefs from Southern Miss 10-February-2012 Round-Trip
Ticket According to new paperwork obtained via the Mississippi Open
Records Act by USMNEWS.net regarding the USM Beechcraft King Air,
the lease between USM and the USM Foundation for the Beechcraft
airplane appears to have been extended through 2019. The lease was
originally set to expire in 2014 with a sizable balloon payment.
Dear usmnews.net, I read last week's The Farm. I have two questions.
How did Martha sneak the extension for her toy airplane past everyone
without the usual round of bad publicity? What were the changes in the
The CoB's Brain Drain Compilation, 2003-Present An Illustrated Account
There is little argument with the notion that the College of Business at
USM has been severely diminished by the faculty flight that has occurred
since former CoB dean, Harold Doty, assumed the reins of management.
Doty's tenure began in 2003, when he was hired by former USM
President, Shelby Thames, to lead the newly reorganized College of
Business & Economic Development.
All My Children? USM Sports Programs not Treated Equally, at Least not
by Gender A number of USMNEWS.net readers have commented about
their perception of how USM’s sports programs are being supported, or
not, on the basis of gender by the upper levels of athletics administration
at USM. This is a subject that USMNEWS.net reporters and editorial
writers have touched on in the past. This report examines this perception
by way of the 2010-11 data.
February 16, 2012
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for the reports on Martha's airplane. I'm sure
all of our students are overjoyed to pay higher and higher tuition and fees
so that she can fly in her private plane. For someone who claims to be an
expert in public relationship, it is difficult to believe Saunders is really so
stupid and self-centered that she does not understand or care
The Farm News Briefs from Southern Miss 17-February-2012 Where else
is Your Money Going? The following two inserts are found in the Feb-2012
Board Book from the Mississippi IHL Board. They provide information
about how USM’s budget is being used to employ the services of the
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada law firm in a case being
brought against USM by the University of Iowa. One payment is a
relatively small $675. The other is a more substantial $13,054.05. The two
total $13,729.05, a considerable sum.
Rufus McCoy and Profiteers in the Ivory Tower, a
novel, offers an insider's view of the calamity
overtaking American higher education. It tells
an insider's story, which is entirely different
from the rosy picture portrayed by the university
lobbying and public relations juggernaut.
The Dean’s List, 2012 by Duane Cobb Ranking all things USM and all
things CoB has become a tradition here at USMNEWS.net. This particular
column revisits a past ranking endeavor – ranking past CoB deans. Since
USM has had a formal business college, there have been only a handful of
deans. So, this task is not made difficult by the number of administrators
to consider. Interestingly enough, the disparate performances of the CoB’s
deans also makes this particular effort a little easier. Let’s begin.