Former MUW president Strobel dies in car wreck



Daily Journal, wire reports

COLUMBUS – James W. Strobel, who served 1977-88 as president of Mississippi University for Women, died Wednesday in a car accident in Florida, where he was living.

MUW made the announcement in a news release Friday. Strobel was 80.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Strobel, of Belvedere, Fla., was killed in Nassau County when a tractor-trailer hit the van he was riding in.

Strobel received a bachelor’s degree at Ohio University and a doctorate at Washington State University. He came to MUW from North Carolina State University.

Strobel was instrumental in the founding of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a residential program for high-achieving high school students. He oversaw creation of Plymouth Bluff Environmental Center and the Cromwell Communication Center, home to MUW’s theater and communication departments.

Strobel was president in 1984, when the university celebrated the centennial of its founding.

“Dr. Strobel provided strong leadership to the university during some of its major milestones such as the 1982 admission of men,” recalled Dr. Sheila Adams, dean of the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology. “He was an approachable leader who supported faculty and the academic mission of The W.”

President Jim Borsig said that he first met Strobel in 1977, when Borsig was a student and chair of the Council of Student Body Presidents.

“Dr. Strobel was a strong influence in encouraging me to pursue my career,” he said.

After being named president of The W in 2011, Borsig said he had a chance to renew his acquaintance with Strobel.

“I know from these conversations how deeply he loved this university. Our entire university family extends our sympathy and prayers to his family during this difficult time.”

At this time, arrangements are incomplete.

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