Welcoming New Students – We are grateful each of you is here, and moreover, we are honored you chose South Alabama as your place to get a great college education.
New Students, New Heroes and New Acquisition — Walking into the Student Center Ballroom in front of a packed house of incoming students and their parents makes me look forward to the start of classes.
3 Promotions Follow a Retirement — After 25 years of dedicated service to the University of South Alabama, Vice President for Finance and Administration Polly Stokley has announced her retirement effective June 1.
60th Anniversary Kicks Off — As we wrap up the spring semester, we begin what will become a yearlong celebration marking an important milestone: the University of South Alabama’s 60th Anniversary.
Research Administrator Recognized — I am pleased to announce that Danielle L. Miller, IACUC/IBC Administrator in Research Compliance and Assurance, has been selected as USA Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2023.
Town Halls, Carnival and New Mother/Baby Unit — From fall to spring of this year, our first-year student retention rate topped 90 percent, highlighting both student resilience and the purposeful work of our faculty and staff to get them to the graduation finish line.
Recruiting, Fundraising and Cheering — As the semester winds down and we approach the end of 2022, my heart is full of sincere gratitude – and profound humility – for your giving me such a generous welcome.
Remembering Former President Waldrop — It is with genuine sorrow that I share the sad news of the passing of Dr. Tony Waldrop, the third president of the University of South Alabama.
South’s Initial First Lady Passes — It is with a heavy heart that I pass along news that the University of South Alabama’s very first First Lady, Mrs. June Ledyard Whiddon, passed away over the weekend.
Retention, Recruitment and New Film Release — The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced today that the University of South Alabama is a finalist for the 2022 Degree Completion Award, a recognition of all the work our University has done to support retention.
Campus Welcomes Alumni Back Home — Today marks the start of an exciting week at South as we celebrate Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Pride Blossoms during Inauguration Week — Last week we sent a clear message to our University community and beyond: The University of South Alabama is charting a course to becoming the Flagship of the Gulf Coast, and each of you are integral to our success.
New Marketing, Communications VP Arrives — Please join us to welcome our new Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Mr. Jim Berscheidt.
2 South Veterans Named VPs — This morning I informed our Board of Trustees of two position updates: Dr. Joél Billingsley has been named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, and Ms. Polly Stokley has been named Vice President for Finance and Administration.
United Way Drive Begins — This week we kick off our annual USA Employee/Retiree Campaign for the United Way.
Move-In Day Brings Excitement — We wanted to take just a minute before another day passes to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has done so much to help us kick off our fall semester in such fine fashion.
Events Welcome Students Back — I will be forever grateful to members of our University community who welcomed Janée and me with open arms to the Jaguar Family.
South Picks Marketing, Communications Chief — I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Berscheidt as our next vice president for marketing and communications.
South Reaffirms Welcoming Values — I am more grateful than ever for our community here at South Alabama and what we can accomplish together with value and respect for each and every Jaguar.
Faculty, Staff Receive Pay Increases — I am pleased to notify you that most members of the University General Division Faculty and Staff will see a pay adjustment effective next month.
New Students on Campus for Orientation — Campus is alive with the activity of several hundred new students participating in Southbound orientation on Tuesday and Thursday.
Dr. Kent Named Provost, Executive VP — No one has impressed me more than Dr. Andi Kent. So, on behalf of the University, I am grateful she has accepted my offer to serve as provost and executive vice president.
3 Provost Finalists Plan Campus Visits — The University’s search for its next provost continues to move forward with the selection of three finalists, who will visit campus at the end of the month.
South Investigates Erroneous Alert — I am writing to provide you with information about the mistaken activation of the main campus emergency alert speaker system that occurred yesterday morning.
Medical College Building Gets $60 Million Appropriation — We’re pleased to report that the expansion and renovation of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine building is one large step closer to reality thanks to a $60 million appropriation from U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.
President Bonner Continues Listening Tour — I want to hear more about your challenges and concerns, as well as talk about opportunities where we can grow – with additional students, investments and research.
Searches Seek to Fill Top Positions — When I took the job of president, I noted that the University’s success was built on the many who came before us. Our ability to evolve and thrive now is not the responsibility of a few, but will be the result of the work so many of you do to advance the University.
Dr. Kent Adds New Interim Role — I am pleased to let you know that Dr. Andrea Kent has agreed to take on the responsibilities of interim executive vice president in addition to continuing in her role as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
2-Time Interim President Will Retire — After 14 years with the University of South Alabama, Executive Vice President Dr. John Smith will retire Feb. 1.
New President Looks Forward to Service — As I begin my presidency at the University of South Alabama, I arrive with both a sense of pride and humility.