By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has approved naming the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi in honor of former Gov. Haley Barbour.
The proposal to name the facility for Barbour was presented during the board’s regular monthly meeting, which was conducted Thursday on the Oxford campus. An official dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in front of the building on the university’s circle.
The building will be called the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence.
“The concept of the Center for Manufacturing Excellence was conceived by Gov. Barbour,” said James Vaughan, CME director. “This concept is based on interdisciplinary educational opportunities within an innovative academic learning model that will provide our students with practical experiences, fundamental knowledge and creative practices needed to lead the world of modern manufacturing.”
The University of Mississippi and the state of Mississippi, with the collaboration of Toyota Motor Corp., partnered in 2008 to create the center for undergraduate students interested in modern manufacturing.
CME brings together the schools of engineering, business administration and accountancy and the College of Liberal Arts to provide students with technical skills involved in manufacturing along with an understanding of accounting, communication, human resources, leadership, management and marketing.
The CME program began in fall 2010 with 27 freshmen from nine states. In fall 2011, 36 freshmen enrolled in the program.
“I am honored that the University of Mississippi has named this new Center for Manufacturing Excellence for me,” Barbour said. “During my terms as governor, one of our most important accomplishments was the creation of higher skilled, higher paying manufacturing jobs. I am grateful to the university for this personal recognition, but even more grateful for the important work that has been and will be done at the CME to support a wide variety of manufacturing industries and companies in Mississippi and beyond.”