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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — The New Year brings a new semester and new goals for Mississippi University for Women President, Jim Borsig.

Now, three years on the job, his plans for the future of the Columbus campus continue to evolve.

As Doctor Jim Borsig prepares to start a new semester, he is looking back on his first days in Columbus.

“This is a great place, this community has welcomed me from the very beginning both the community in Columbus and this University community. I remember that morning of walking in there and introducing myself,” says Jim Borsig.

It was three years ago when the University President brought new ideas he believes has created growth.

“One was to really focus on recruiting students and retaining students so they can graduate, the other was to move toward using good data to make decisions,” says Borsig.

Last year, the “W” saw they largest number of graduates in the schools history, handing out 817 degrees.

Now, Borsig wants to continue his mission of creating a connection with MUW and the are it serves.

In the last three years President Jim Borsig has brought many positive changes f0r Mississippi University for Women’s campus. Some of those changes include programs like offering mock trials for students all the way down to adding more Christmas lights.

“One of the things that I wanted us to is to be a lot more intentional about everything we do on campus making sure the community was included and engaging more in the community,” says Borsig.

One such event was Wassail Fest. Borsig says more changes are on the way, but says the main focus will be about the people he wants to see walk across the stage at graduation.

“It’s still going to be about students success. About students graduating and making sure that our curriculum and the degrees that we offer are relevant and working with our partners in the community college to help students be successful,” says Borsig.

Borsig also said in the interview, the University is still looking into ways to bring back athletics to MUW.

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