The state’s tourism director informed the Mississippi Development Authority’s Interim Executive Director Jim Barksdale, tourism staff and industry partners on Wednesday that she is resigning her post to take a position with the Ridgeland Tourism Commission.
MDA Tourism Director Mary Beth Wilkerson is leaving her position effective June 15, 2012. Wilkerson, who has been with the state tourism office for 20 years and nine months, has served as MDA Tourism Director for two and a half years.
“The Tourism Division of MDA promotes Mississippi as a travel destination by highlighting the state’s culture, heritage, history, natural resources, outdoor and recreational opportunities,” said Barksdale. “Mississippi has had an experienced, dedicated and wonderful leader in Mary Beth Wilkerson. I know that she will continue to be an asset to developing our state tourism product.”