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Fisackerly joins BancorpSouth

Will Fisackerly has joined BancorpSouth as first vice president, director of investor relations at BancorpSouth’s corporate office in Tupelo. A native of Winona, Fisackerly has spent much of his career with KPMG in Memphis, Tenn., as associate, senior associate and audit manager, working primarily with regional and community banks. Fisackerly holds both a bachelor of accountancy degree and a master ...

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Hope makes career of developing empowered leaders

One of the challenges for organizations is how to develop new leaders. First time supervisors need to learn how to make the transition to leading others. Often this involves the potentially awkward circumstance of managing co-workers that he or she used to work alongside. The common mistake is to just promote someone who was a good worker and assume they ...

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Collins lands promotion

Gold Strike Casino Resort has promoted Craytonia C. Collins to director of hotel operations. Collins has an extensive background in hotel management. He began his career in the hospitality industry in 1994 with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts located in New Orleans. In 1997 he joined the Willard InterContinental located in Washington, D.C., where he held several positions including assistant front ...

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Bailey joins People Lease

Teresa Bailey has joined People Lease with over 13 years of experience in administrative, payroll and legal secretarial skills. The company said she fulfills numerous corporate communication needs. A Mississippi native, Teresa enjoys spending time with her three children, family and friends. Her hobbies include outdoor activities, exercising and reading.

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Boyer heading Opera

As the Mississippi Opera enters its 66th season, it has a new executive director. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Sherry Castle Boyer moved up from marketing director. She replaces Elizabeth Buyan, who is now associate director of institutional advancement at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

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Drackett directing Crosby

Pat Drackett is the new director of Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum in Picayune. Drackett has been the senior curator at the arboretum since 2007. A lifelong gardener, Drackett earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. She spent 20 years as a landscape designer and ...

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Wells wins award

Barbara G. Wells is the inaugural recipient of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists’ Career Achievement Award at the University of Mississippi. The award was presented to the dean of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy at the recent CPNP annual meeting in Phoenix. Wells’ expertise is in the areas of psychiatric pharmacotherapy and women’s health. Much of ...

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Risley, Edwards chosen

Dr. Rod A. Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, has been appointed to the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Risley is among 36 appointees, who represent a broad base of expertise in education and other key areas. Risley is a community college graduate and a former national president of Phi Theta Kappa. He has served as ...

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The nature of the ‘Political Base’

If you have paid even passing attention to the news lately you have no doubt heard multiple references to one political leader or another’s “political base.” This is because the task of solving problems in the political arena in a bi-partisan fashion is becoming more difficult than ever. Compromise as a path to policy agreement is fast becoming the label ...

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