Officials estimate it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair damage caused by Sunday’s tornado at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. The College Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to allow the higher education commissioner, Hank M. Bounds, to sign contracts and take other actions without board approval to help the 16,000-student university recover.
The university plans to resume classes todayy, although some sections will be in temporary quarters. The tornado damaged buildings at the southern edge of the campus. One of those, a former fire station converted to house the jazz program, will have to be torn down, Mr. Bounds said.