In 2003, Chancellor Robert C. Khayat of the University of Mississippi was appointed by the American Council on Education (ACE) as the presidential sponsor for the state of Mississippi and was tasked with establishing a network for women in higher education in the state of Mississippi. A steering committee was formed July 2003, which included eleven women who were leaders at higher education institutions throughout the state.
On September 24, 2003, the name of Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network (WHEMN) was adopted for the organization. Institutional representatives were appointed by the president of each higher education institution located throughout the state of Mississippi.
The mission of WHEMN is to identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education.