MSU-Meridian looking for new dean

By The Associated Press

MERIDIAN — Mississippi State University is looking for a new leader on its Meridian campus after the resignation of Dean Jack Tucci.

Tucci, who was named dean and executive director in 2009, has resigned to become vice president of academic affairs at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president, says Tucci’s last day is Jan. 15.

Gilbert says Dennis Mitchell, associate dean of arts and sciences at MSU Meridian, will be acting dean while a search is under way.

Tucci oversaw the day-to-day activities of the nearly 800-student Meridian campus as well as those of the Riley Center, an education and performing arts center.