From the very beginning, Dr. Jim Borsig has established his intent to be an approachable, visible president who listens. He’s maintained this vision of visibility and openness since he was named president of Mississippi University for Women on Nov. 30.
New MUW president’s job is to direct, not dictate.
Wednesday was quite a party for Mississippi University for Women.
Dozens gathered in the Cochran Ballroom Wednesday to hear the announcement.
Mississippi University for Women had been waiting for this moment for 18 months.
They had time to prepare: A flurry of bright blue balloons flew into the room; the startling sound of noisemakers came with them.
A group of MUW staff had been waiting in the wings holding dozens of strings of light blue and royal blue balloons.
The appointment of Dr. Jim Borsig as Mississippi University for Women’s new president was a group effort.
That theme was emphasized repeatedly during his all-day Wednesday campus meetings with community leaders, deans, department heads, faculty, staff, students, alumni and anyone interested in the future of Columbus’ historic institution of higher learning.
We are a community of interims. Columbus has an interim police chief, university president and school superintendent. Starkville also has an interim superintendent of education. Today, we expect Mississippi University for Women to be the first of these ships to name a full-time captain.
“This institution is not going to close. This institution is not going to merge,” Dr. James Borsig told a group of civic leaders about Mississippi University for Women this morning.
Borsig, the preferred choice to be the next president of MUW, spoke those words at a breakfast meeting, the first of a gauntlet of campus gatherings he will attend today.