Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dr. Lee Royce to retire from MC

Mississippi College issued the following press release. 

This morning I shared with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees my intention to retire at the end of this academic year, May 2018.
I appreciate their great and continuing support and encouragement to remain in service, but Rhoda and I have reached the stage in life that calls us toward retirement. We love MC and its people and have given our full devotion. Though leading this university continues to be the greatest honor of my life, the time has come for new, younger, more energetic leadership to guide this great institution toward its bicentennial in 2026.
I want to express my profound gratitude for the fine work done by so many faculty and staff during these past 15 years and the good work yet to be done in the remaining months of my presidency.
While the chart below may speak for itself, it does represent the combined efforts of so many staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of this venerable university.

2002 2017 % Change
Budget $38,779,781 $75,584,019 +95%
Degree Programs 105 158 +50%
Endowment $36,369,220 $80,942,681 +123%
Full-Time Faculty 154 213 +38%
Headcount 3,227 5,200 +61%
Long-Term Debt $63,074,466 $17,459,450 -72%
Net Assets $101,996,848 $181,148,446 +78%
Total Full-Time Employees 447 547 +22%
These results remain impressive by any measure, and you are to be commended. After we thank God for our blessings, our greatest appreciation should continue to flow to the Mississippi Baptist Convention, our sponsoring partner since 1850, and from whom we have received nearly $47,000,000 since 2002.
And let me add, that since 2002, over 1100 of our students have made first-time professions of faith in Christ while on this campus. An additional 2,600 persons have also received Christ through our summer camp ministry and the work of the Will Graham Crusade held on campus several years ago. Thank you for serving so faithfully in the exceptional work of Christian higher education at Mississippi College. May you experience a productive and blessed year. Thank you.
God bless you,

Lee G. Royce


Alpha Storm said...

Take Glenn Worley with him. I just hope they don't put the Steve Stanford in his place. Too many liberals running that college.

Anonymous said...

The place went to shit when Noble robbed the bank account. Never was he really held accountable by the faithful.

Anonymous said...

Royce did a great job. But below him, it is a nest of incestuous incompetents. Surely they will not hire from within.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it Philip Gunn will be the next President of MC.

Anonymous said...

10:36 am - I heard the same rumor from a VERY credible source.

Anonymous said...

The board of trustees will need a head exam if they appoint Gunn.

Anonymous said...

10:36 -- Hmm. Going the Mark Keenum route, and getting ready to play ball politically?

To what end, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

i believe keenum has a PH.d. Does the Gov?

Anonymous said...

3:55 -- Keenum has a PhD,and had been a professor at MSU before his stint in DC.

Anonymous said...

Please appoint Gunn! That way we will be rid of his silly ass in the Legislature. He's nothing more than a hypocritical, what's in it for me, troublemaker! Talks out of both sides of his mouth with his southern Baptist "good ole boy" attitude. Sick to death of him!

Anonymous said...

5:29 -- I know. Your point? Thousands of people have PhDs from MSU. Very few have that plus deep political connections. Not a knock on Keemun; just reality to acknowledge he was expected to (and did) use those connections.

Anonymous said...

Phillip Gunn?!?!? Please. How is he qualified to run a college? Has he ever taught a college course? Has he ever been the director of a college department? Ok, what about dean of a school at a college? How about Vice President at a college? Maybe been president of another college? Still no? Ok, can he spell college? Sorry guys. Just cause you graduated from a college, and law school, and ran for a public office doesn't mean you are qualified for a position of this magnitude. Certainly the search team or trustees aren't this stupid?

Anonymous said...

Day late. Dollar short.
Make that a decade late.

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