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MSU names 2010 Alumni Fellows

Mississippi State University has named the 2010 class of Alumni Fellows, with each of the 10 individuals having distinguished themselves in their respective careers. Representing each college and the Meridian campus, the group returned to the university recently to meet with students, faculty and staff. The 2010 class includes:

Michael Hatcher of Olive Branch from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a 1982 landscape contracting graduate, and is president of Michael Hatcher and Associates Inc.

Robert E. “Bob” Luke is a 1980 architecture graduate, for the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Luke, of Meridian, is president of LPK Architects P.A.

Cindy M. Stevens, of Alexandria, Va., represents the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a 1983 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science and currently serves as director of government relations for Deloitte and Touche USA, LLP, in Washington D.C.

A 1978 accounting graduate, C. Donald “Don” Whitmire Jr., for the College of Business. Whitmire, of Scottsdale, Ariz., serves as vice president and controller for financial reporting at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded copper company.

East Mississippi Community College president Rick Young from the College of Education. Young, of Eupora, received a bachelor’s degree in 1972, a master’s in 1974 and a doctorate in 1993 from Mississippi State.

Alfred F. “Al” Eaton for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. Eaton, is a 1970 aerospace engineering graduate, and lives in Bakersfield, Calif.  Currently, he serves as a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC.

Wayne H. Smith of Melrose, Fla., represents the College of Forest Resources. The 1962 and 1965 graduate holds a master’s and doctoral degree from Mississippi State. Smith is a professor and director emeritus in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida.

The husband-and-wife team for the College of Veterinary Medicine is Drs. Jeff and Sue Pearce, who own and operate Cloverleaf Animal Clinic, a multi-veterinary small animal practice in Memphis, Tenn. Sue graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and 1987 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987 as well.

Dr. James W. “Jimmy” Hollingsworth of Lake, representing the MSU Meridian campus is a 1987 alumnus, and is a practicing general dentist at Hollingsworth Dental Clinic in Newton.


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