Four in state make ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

By Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal

Four Mississippi universities were honored this week for being among the best institutions in the country for employees.

The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women and Belhaven University were all named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “Great Colleges to Work For.” They are among 97 colleges and universities in the nation to receive the honor.

In addition, Ole Miss, MUW and Belhaven were among 42 schools named to the publication’s honor roll for being among “the best of the best.”

The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on the academic workplace was based on a survey of nearly 45,000 employees from 300 colleges and universities. Demographics and workplace policies from each institution also were considered.

This was the fifth consecutive year for Ole Miss to make the list and the second year in a row it was named to the Honor Roll. Both times, it was the only Southeastern Conference school on the Honor Roll.

“This outstanding recognition for the University of Mississippi reflects on the many faculty, staff and administrators who dedicate tremendous expertise and energy to maintaining a vibrant learning community,” said Chancellor Dan Jones. “Our goal is to continually strengthen what we believe to be a supportive, inclusive environment where everyone is valued for what they contribute.”

MUW President Jim Borsig credited the spirit demonstrated by the university’s faculty and staff. MSU President Mark Keenum noted the university takes great pride in its faculty, staff and administrators.

“This recognition underscores the wonderful contributions of each and every one of them to the success of this university,” Keenum said. “Our successes in advancing the core mission of Mississippi State University are the direct result of these efforts to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and innovative work environment.”

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com