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Dr. Karen S. Coats named dean of the Graduate School at USM

by Published: September 8,2014


Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at the University of Southern Mississippi. Coats, a native of Springfield, Louisiana, comes to Southern Miss from Mississippi State University in Starkville where she has spent the past three […] [...]

MEC appoints officers Martha Cooke, C.D. Smith and Rebecca Wiggs

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, MEC, Mississippi

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, […] [...]

Kevin Ricks joins staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, health care, Mississippi

  Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle recently welcomed new family practice physician Kevin Ricks, MD, to its medical staff. Ricks received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He graduated from the St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and completed a residency in family medicine […] [...]

Johnny Franklin, Danny Spreitler chosen for Mississippi’s state board of education

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi

Gov. Phil Bryant has named Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory to fill unexpired terms of Mississippi’s state Board of Education. Franklin, 69, a former education adviser to Bryant and Gov. Haley Barbour, will fill the unexpired term of banker Hal Gage of Vicksburg representing the state’s central Supreme Court district. That […] [...]

Rachel Westerfield named director of Hydraulics Division at MDOT

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, transportation

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has appointed Rachel Westerfield to the position of director of the newly created Hydraulics Division. Westerfield was the state hydraulics engineer for MDOT’s Bridge Division prior to her appointment as the Hydraulics Division director. Westerfield has worked at MDOT since 2003 and is a graduate of Mississippi State University […] [...]

MEC welcomes Kenny Goza as project manager

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, education, Mississippi

Kenny Goza has joined the Mississippi Economic Council as project manager. His work experience includes 40 years in various positions with Entergy Mississippi. Goza has served as chairman of the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Mississippi Scholars as well as serving as chairman of the Copiah Lincoln Community College Workforce Advisory Board. Currently, he serves on the board […] [...]

American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi installs officers to board of directors

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: architecture, Business, engineering, Mississippi

The American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi has installed officers to the board of directors. Members of the 2014-2015 board include: president, Jimmy Nelson of Allen & Hoshall; president-elect, David Bowman of Neel-Schaffer Inc.; secretary/treasurer, Scott Burge of A. Garner Russell & Associates; past president, Jeff Dungan of Dungan Engineering, P.A.; national director, David Compton of […] [...]

Derek Horne named new athletic director at Alcorn State

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Alcorn State University, athletics, Business, education, Mississippi

Derek Horne has been named Alcorn State University’s new intercollegiate athletic director. Horne previously served as director of athletics at Florida A&M. Prior to that post, he had a 15-year tenure at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, in athletics administration. As a student athlete at the University of Mississippi, Horne earned Academic All-Southeastern […] [...]

Curtis J. Shaffer joins Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi

Curtis J. Shaffer, OD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates as an optometrist. He received his preoptometry education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and his doctor of optometry at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Shaffer is a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard. [...]

MSU extension experts honored

by Published: September 5,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, education, Mississippi

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents recently recognized Mississippi State University Extension Service experts for their skill in connecting with clients. Gary Bachman, along with videographers Tim Allison and Brian Utley, are the national winners in the video presentation category. Bachman also won first place in the feature story category. Bachman is an associate […] [...]

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