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The Mississippi Business Engagement Network brings together partners from within the university system, the business community and the economic development sector. These partnerships strengthen the work of each individual entity and provide the resources needed to create and sustain jobs in Mississippi.

Working together, we can increase economic development, support a more prosperous Mississippi and create a better quality of life for all who call our state their home.

There are more than 200 Institutes and Centers housed at the eight public universities in Mississippi. In conjunction with business and industry, University Institutes and Centers conduct cutting-edge research and spur innovation that encourages and supports economic growth and opportunities to benefit all Mississippians. Click here to learn more.

Paul W. Sumrall 

Associate Commissioner of Business & Economic Development

Mississippi Public Universities

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, MS 39211

Office: 601-432-7057

Tonya Neely

Business and Economic Development Coordinator

Mississippi Public Universities

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, MS 39211

Office: 601-432-6237

Associate VP for Corporate Engagement and Economic Development

Mississippi State University

Office of Research

3001 Lee Hall

P.O. Box 6343

Mississippi State, MS 39762

Office: 662-325-3570

William Nicholas

Interim Director of Economic Development

Insight Park – University of Mississippi

850 Insight Park Avenue
University, MS 38677

Office: 662-915-7583

Shannon Campbell, PhD 

Director, Trent Lott National Center for

Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

University of Southern Mississippi

Office #220

118 College Drive #5191

Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Office: 601-266-6239

Almesha L. Campbell, PhD

Director, Technology Transfer, Commercialization and Research Communications

Jackson State University

1400 John R. Lynch Street

P.O. Box 17057

Jackson, MS 39217

Office: 601-979-1815