Mississippi State University President visits Gulfport High School

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Local high school students received a big visit from one of the state’s top educators today to talk about the benefits of higher education.

Dr. Mark Keenum was born in Starkville, graduated from Mississippi State University and has been president of MSU for ten years. The top Bulldog visited the Admirals to talk about the virtues of college education and planning for the future. Dr. Keenum said, “We’ve got to have our young people today, while they’re in high school, thinking about their future, to prepare themselves for this changing world of tomorrow.”

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Not only did Keenum talk about the wide range of degree programs and departments at MSU, but also how students can thrive in an era of technological innovation and discovery. “When I see reports that say by the year 2030 that we could see as much as 60 to 80 percent of the jobs in 2030 will be jobs that today don’t exist that tells me that our world is changing rapidly.”

Senior Janilyah Khadaran has not decided where she’ll attend college, but Keenum’s speech and willingness to meet with prospective students has her planning to schedule a campus tour soon. “He’s really persuading. Now I want to go there because of what he said about it.”

Fellow senior Sam Lee was pleased that Keenum focused on academics as a cornerstone of Mississippi State’s appeal to students like himself. “It kind of adds a different perspective on it. It kind of brings in the whole, full education side of things rather than what you just hear about, football, baseball, you know, sports.”



While education is a key component of life, Keenum stresses to students that being a good person and learning to navigate life is just as important. “But it’s also more than just education. It’s how students live in their life that I share with them because I want to give them life advice to help them be prepared for their future.”

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