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Message from the Head of Campus

African-American student in cap and gown shakes hands with Dr. Cruse at commencementWhat a great year it has been for MSU-Meridian! 

Our enrollment is growing as more students discover an opportunity to stay local, pay less, and earn more. New partnerships with local community colleges make the transition to MSU-Meridian more convenient than ever. Our Partnership Pathways truly take the guess work out of the transfer process. This is all backed with the assurance that MSU is the state’s leading return on educational investment.

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning recently gave approval for us to move forward in planning a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. Our Meridian Campus will house the first program at a state university in Mississippi. The program will focus on training general practitioners primarily for service in rural health clinics. Physician Assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who provide healthcare under the supervision of physicians. After an extensive national search, Dr. Debra Munsell was named our inaugural program director. Dr. Munsell brings more than three decades of experience including successfully starting and leading programs. She will facilitate the accreditation process, hire faculty and recruit the first class, which is planned for January 2020.

In August, we celebrated the completion of our Riley Campus in downtown Meridian by opening our new courtyard. The Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts announced an exciting lineup in addition to our inaugural Family Series in partnership with the Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian. Meanwhile, our work with Meridian Public Schools on the prestigious Kennedy Center Any Given Child Grant continues.

As the state’s leading research University, we also are uniquely positioned to serve a wide range of people in east Mississippi and west Alabama where residents in Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo and Sumter are eligible for in-state tuition costs at MSU-Meridian.

There has never been a better time to join our community!

Hail State!

Terry Dale Cruse, Ed.D.
Administrative Director and Head of Campus