The Mississippi Economic Council has named officers for the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and M.B. Swayze Foundation for 2014-15. Martha Cooke, vice president of special projects at School Book Supply Company, has been elected as chair of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi for 2014-2015. Cooke will follow in the footsteps of her father, James Campbell, a founding member and past chair of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi. She received her bachelor of business administration from Millsaps College. Cooke currently serves as vice president on the board of directors for MISSCO Corporation and is a member of the Alumni Council of Millsaps College. She has previously been a member of Junior League of Jackson, has served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement, been a member of Stewpot board of directors, assisted with fundraising for the Mississippi Children’s Home Society, served as grade coordinator for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, served on the Steering Committee for Mississippi Children’s Museum, been a co-chair of essay contests for Mississippi Children’s Museum and a been a member of the Millsaps Else School of Management Advisory Board.
C.D. Smith Jr., regional director for AT&T, Mississippi, has been elected as treasurer of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi for 2014-2015. Smith was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2008 to a 10-year term on the Mississippi Public Universities board of trustees. He is chair of the board of directors for The Sonny Montgomery Institute and a member of the board of directors for the State Games of Mississippi, the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation and the Meridian Community College Foundation. He also serves on the board of governors for the Mississippi Economic Council. Smith is a member of the Meridian Rotary Club and the Mississippi Air National Guard (retired). He is the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Bar Association of Lauderdale County, the Service to Mankind Award from the Mississippi District of Sertoma, the Citizen of the Year award from The Meridian Star and has been recognized with the 2012 MSU-Meridian Alumnus of the Year Award. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in business and industry and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Mississippi State University. He previously served on the national board of directors of the MSU Alumni Association. Smith is married to the former Linda Joyce Bishop and has three children: Cynthia, Drew and Danielle.
Rebecca Wiggs, a member at Watkins & Eager law firm, will resume her role as chair of MEC’s M.B. Swayze Foundation for 2014. Wiggs is admitted to the Mississippi Bar and the North Carolina Bar. Prior to joining Watkins & Eager, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Wiggs earned a bachelor’s in politics from Wake Forest University in 1979 and juris doctor from University of Virginia in 1985. She serves on the Mississippi State Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Committee and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also serves on the Mississippi Economic Council board of directors, Blueprint Mississippi Steering Committee, is vice president of the American Judicature Society and is a founding member of the Wake Forest University Divinity School Board of Visitors. She is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
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