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Godwin to leave ADP

HATTIESBURG — Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP), announced that she would be leaving her post at the end of 2009. Having served in this capacity since Jan. 2005, she will complete her fifth year leading the area chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties, and the City of Hattiesburg and City of Petal.

“Dr. Godwin is a visionary and dynamic leader. The ongoing success of the Area Development Partnership as a premier regional economic development organization is due to her innovative and skilled management,” said Mike Collins, current ADP board chair. “The ADP will miss her energy and enthusiasm. We wish her the best as she enters another chapter of her career.”

Godwin said, “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the Area Development Partnership as its president, the confidence with which you, board directors, staff and members, have honored me, the resolve that you have demonstrated and the commitment to our community that you have shown. This opportunity has been not only a great honor and a personal thrill, but it is also a professional summit, for among economic development organizations.”

A native of Enterprise, Ala., Godwin first came to Mississippi in 2000 as the founding president/CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance and as president/CEO of the Institute for Technology Development. She would go on to serve as the vice president for research and economic development at the University of Southern Mississippi and the president of the Southern Miss Research Foundation. Prior to coming to Mississippi, Godwin had been president of Ashland Community College in Ashland, Ky., a program administrator, faculty member and technology developer at Michigan State University, the dean of arts and sciences at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn., and an English instructor at Enterprise State Junior College in her home town.

Godwin’s future plans are focused on working within her own family enterprise, The Nicolette Company, LLC, which currently owns and operates blooms garden & gift, blooms home & hearth, The Depot Coffee House & Sweet Shop, The Dunn House Bed & Breakfast and University Florist.

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