MSU foundation names board, officers

The newly elected class for the Mississippi State University Foundation’s 44-member board of directors, as well as officers appointed to a second term, are being announced. Returning for 2011 are James J. “Jim” Rouse of Houston, Texas, president; Bobby Shackouls, also of Houston, vice president; and, D. Hines Brannan of Atlanta, Ga., treasurer.

Rouse is a retired vice president of ExxonMobil and a 1962 Mississippi State management graduate. Shackouls is retired chairman, president and CEO of Burlington Resources Inc., and a 1972 chemical engineering graduate. Brannan, a retired partner with Accenture, is a 1970 industrial engineering degree graduate who completed a master’s degree in business administration the following year.

Rounding out board leadership are John P. Rush, the university’s vice president for development and alumni, who serves as board CEO, and David Easley, foundation executive director of finance also serving as chief financial officer for the board. Officer terms began Jan. 1.

Board members traditionally are appointed for three-year terms.  Those beginning inaugural terms include: Joe F. Gordy of Brewton, Ala., a 1963 horticulture graduate who owns and directs Gordy Development and Natural Decorations Inc.; Tommy Dulaney of Meridian, president and CEO of Structural Steel Services Inc., a friend of the land-grant institution; and, Thomas B. Nusz of The Woodlands, Texas, a 1982 petroleum engineering graduate now president and CEO of Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Returning for new three-year appointments are: C. R. “Bob” Montgomery of Canton, a 1961 marketing graduate who is a partner with Montgomery, McGraw, and Collins, PLLC; Dr. Rusty Linton of Columbus, a 1980 biochemistry graduate and orthopedic surgeon with Columbus Orthopedic Clinic, P.A., and a team physician for the MSU Athletic Department; Johnny Crane of Fulton, retired CEO of F.L. Crane & Sons Inc., a longtime university friend; Don E. Mason of Gulfport, a 1964 business administration and industrial engineering graduate who earned an MBA the following year, a consultant and a retired vice president of Mississippi Power Company; James K. Ashford of Highlands, N.C., a 1958 accounting graduate the retired president and CEO of Case International who steered MSU’s first capital campaign; William B. Berry of Katy, Texas, who earned a petroleum engineering degree in 1974 and a master’s two years later and is a retired executive vice president for ConocoPhillips; and, E.M. “Hoot” Gipson of Meridian, CEO of Gipson Steel Inc., another longtime MSU friend.

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