University of Mississippi - Client Spotlight

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University of Mississippi

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A Great American Public University

Situated in Oxford, Mississippi, the University of Mississippi creates “a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment.” Thus begins the Ole Miss Creed, and the statement neatly captures the underpinning philosophy of the dynamic changes taking place on campus. The university is well into decade number two of a renaissance unprecedented in higher education—a transformation that began soon after Robert C. Khayat became chancellor in 1995.

Ironically, this incredible growth is occurring during an era of declining state funding—it’s therefore no coincidence that the university has ramped up its fundraising efforts. In the past decade, Ole Miss successfully raised $529 million in the Campaign for Excellence and is now wrapping up a three-year, $200 million MomentUM Campaign to support academic enrichment and new facilities.

The Compass Group enjoys a long-standing professional relationship with the university. Over the past decade, five members of the Compass team have been privileged to provide counsel for both major campaigns and other ambitious projects at the university’s Medical Center, the School of Law and the School of Pharmacy.

More impressive than the dollars raised is the growth those dollars underwrite. Since 1995, enrollment has increased over 40 percent. All three campuses are being revitalized, and compensation for faculty and staff is more competitive. Significant, innovative programs such as the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, and the Jackson Heart Study contribute to the academic buzz on campus.

Ole Miss is brimming with energy and enthusiasm—the entire community of learners, including students, alumni, faculty and administrators, participates in and benefits from the ongoing revitalization.


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