Biography: Jim Borsig, Ph.D.
Jim Borsig, Ph.D., was appointed the 14th president of Mississippi University for Women (The W) on November 30, 2011 and assumed the presidency on January 2, 2012. Founded as a private institution in 1847, in 1884 it became a public institution and the first public college for women in the United States. The W became coeducational in 1982.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Borsig holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies and a master’s degree in political science with a concentration in public administration, both from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctoral degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. He is married to Dr. Kate Bayless Borsig.
Prior to his appointment as president of The W, he served as an associate commissioner of higher education for the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. He has also served as executive assistant to the president at the University of Southern Mississippi, research and development coordinator for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, and as a visiting professor at Jackson State University. Dr. Borsig’s higher education career was preceded by a distinguished tenure in municipal government.
Since 2012 The W has three times been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” Honor Roll, a distinction earned by only a small percentage of participating colleges and universities, consistently recognized by Washington Monthly as a top national master’s university, and as a top southern regional public university by U.S. News and World Report.
Relying on broad-based engagement processes, Dr. Borsig has focused the university on student recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while developing new community college transfer pathways and high school dual enrollment programs. Under his leadership, The W has expanded both undergraduate and graduate program offerings and maintains healthy annual enrollments. The past five years brought record numbers of degrees awarded, as well as the highest degree completion ratio in Mississippi’s public university system.
As president of The W, he serves on the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee and Council of State Representatives. Since 2012 he has served as co-chair of Mississippi’s Education Achievement Council and currently serves as a member of the SACSCOC Board of Directors. He presently chairs a statewide task force on Dual Enrollment and is a past president of Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities.
Active in the community, he serves as a member of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Community Advisory Board, the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission, the GTR LINK Advisory Board and is a Rotarian. Dr. Borsig, an Eagle Scout, is the immediate past-president of the Pushmataha Area Boy Scout Council.