The commissioner of higher learning, Dr. Tom Meredith, focused on The MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts in his address to education and business leaders Tuesday.
He praised the addition of the center, now under construction in downtown Meridian, and its future influence on our city.
"You take all this area, not only The Riley Center, what's coming there, and what's happening in the other areas downtown, the Threefoot Building and what's projected there, condominiums, all of that, then that's exciting," Meredith said. "You know that just transforms the city."
Then he turned his attention to the Mississippi State University Meridian campus.
"To have a national university like Mississippi State really be the university for this city, it's just phenomenal. Add those things you take for granted, other cities would die for. And Meridian's got all of that in one big package here," Meredith said.
"I go around talking about raising aspirations and then raising expectations. One we've got to think bigger," said Meredith, on his goals for education. "We've got to encourage our young people to be more than maybe they're thinking about right now and then we've got to raise our expectations if they're going to get to that point. We can do all those things. It's all doable."
The Riley Center is scheduled to open this fall.