By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Following a day of meetings with faculty, students and alumni, preferred candidate Jim Borsig was officially named the new president of Mississippi University for Women yesterday afternoon by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of High Learning.
Board Search Committee Chair Christy Pickering said the search process yielded over 40 applicants, but both the IHL Board and the Campus Search Advisory Committee felt Borsig represented exactly what they were looking for in a president.
“With a tradition of excellence and a legacy of achievement, Mississippi University for Women deserves a leader that can mobilize all stakeholders and harness all resources to reach even greater heights,” Pickering said. “Dr. Borsig understands the most critical issues facing higher education today and has the experience and skills necessary to ensure that every student receives an excellent education. He will also ensure that the university is an essential partner for economic development in the region.”
The university hosted a series of meetings throughout Wednesday where Borsig expressed his vision for the school and answered questions from faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members. Pickering said each group was invited to give feedback to the IHL Board regarding Borsig, which was taken into consideration when it made its final decision. The board voted unanimously to name Borsig the next university president.
“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead this great university,” Borsig said. “Mississippi University for Women has a rich history of strong academic programs in liberal arts and professional education. I look forward to working with all members of the MUW family to build on this tradition of excellence and provide opportunities for all students. I also look forward to working with the Columbus community to help both the university and the region to grow and thrive.”
Borsig was the associate commissioner for external relations and public policy for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, where he also previously served as the assistant commissioner of government relations. He has worked as the executive assistant to the president of the University of Southern Mississippi and the research and development coordinator for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies and a master’s degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Borsig also has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. He has been a visiting professor at Jackson State University in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning since 2007.
“The search process is, as I said earlier, a two-way street about building a relationship,” Borsig said. “At each step of the way, I’ve fallen more deeply in love with this university.”
Borsig will begin his duties as university president in January.