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Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum received a great vote of confidence from the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning when they voted unanimously to extend his contract for four more years. The extension follows a careful review that included meetings with stakeholders across each campus. Since Dr. Keenum’s appointment in 2009, Mississippi State University has enjoyed record enrollment and achievements in all facets of the university.

"Dr. Keenum has proven himself to be a dedicated leader with a vision for the future of Mississippi State University," said Trustee Robin Robinson of Laurel, president, Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. "He appreciates the role that students, faculty, alumni and the community play in the success of the university and has brought all of them together to help MSU to excel."

Dr. Mark E. Keenum became the 19th president of Mississippi State University in January 2009. Very early in his tenure, Dr. Keenum realized that Mississippi and its universities were facing the biggest financial challenges, perhaps, since the Great Depression. MSU experienced significant budget cuts in FY 10 and FY 11. Thanks to decisive leadership by President Keenum, Mississippi State took immediate steps to seek out efficiencies and cost savings while protecting core academic functions. As a result, MSU is on solid financial footing.

"Despite very challenging financial times, Dr. Keenum has guided the university with a steady hand and sound decision-making," said Trustee Ed Blakeslee of Gulfport. "By engaging the campus community and forming a strong team, Dr. Keenum has met the challenges and put the university on a path to an even brighter future."

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