UM Parking/Transportation Director Leaving for LSU Position

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

For more than five years, Mike Harris has been telling people on the University of Mississippi campus where to go – and how to get there.

However, as of Jan. 3, 2020, UM’s Parking and Transportation director will be directing LSU students around their Baton Rouge campus.

Mike Harris
Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Harris announced Wednesday at the Oxford-University Transit Commission meeting that his last day at Ole Miss will be Dec. 3.

“I hope I can help them,” Harris said, who has been often credited with making Ole Miss more pedestrian-friendly and creating a “greener” and more reliable bus system for the university.

Under his reign, the university built two parking garages, an update bus hub and various alternative transportation programs like bike-sharing.

Harris has also served on the OUT board for several years and helped create the university’s current master transportation plan.

Harris said he was contracted by LSU back in September.

“They asked if I would be interested and I said I was open to discussing it,” Harris said. “I didn’t reach out to them. But we talked about it and things starting falling into place.”

There are 35,000 students on the LSU campus.

Harris came to Ole Miss in February 2014 from Mississippi State University where he headed up transportation and parking for 14 years.

Parking Manager Linda Christian will serve as the interim parking director until a permanent director is hired by the university.

For more information about UM Parking and Transportation, call 662-915-5450.


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