Mississippi State University Executive Director of External Affairs Kyle Steward, foreground, and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Marvell Howard, background, listen Tuesday as MSU President Mark Keenum, center, discusses the university’s plan for growth during a community roundtable meeting. Photo by: Tim Pratt Buy this photo.
July 14, 2010 10:45:00 AM
The state''s most populous university is about to get bigger.
Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum Tuesday said he expects enrollment this fall to top 19,000 students. Enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year was 18,601, making MSU the largest university in the state.
"We''re going to exceed that number significantly this fall," Keenum told officials from Starkville, Oktibbeha County and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Tuesday during a community roundtable meeting.
"The more students we bring in really helps this whole community," Keenum said. "We''re going to be looking to hire more faculty members to support these students. We''re going to be growing and expanding our campus. We''re ... looking also at a real successful, maybe even the best, bond issue year we''ve ever had at Mississippi State this past legislative cycle. We''re going to try to build on that and make a strong case to further the means we have for improvements at Mississippi State University."
Hosted by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jon Maynard, the roundtable meeting was the second this year between city, county and Mississippi State University officials. Keenum was joined by special assistant and former Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, MSU''s Executive Director of External Affairs Kyle Steward, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver, Ward 2 Alderwoman Sandra Sistrunk, Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker, Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas, Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill, Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Marvell Howard and Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey.
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