The Mississippi Economic Countil has promoted Scott Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Vickie Powell to senior vice president for foundations.
Waller previously was senior vice president for public affairs. He is a Shubuta native and joined the MEC in 2006, where he oversaw public affairs, policy and communications.
He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and graduated from the Institute of Organizational Management in 2011. Prior to MEC, Waller enjoyed a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist, including serving as Business Editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson and Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus.
Powell joined MEC in 2006 as program manager, later serving as vice president for Foundation programs, where she had primary responsibility for the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation — Student Achievement Recognition (STAR) programs.
The STAR program has saluted the academic achievements of the state’s outstanding high school students and teachers from more than 300 public, private, and parochial schools for over 45 years. Additionally, she oversees Mississippi Scholars in more than 80 school districts and over 160 high schools both public and private across the state and the recently announced Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Program, launched in seven pilot counties in 2014.
Her work experience includes more than 15 years in human resources, business development and corporate affairs. Powell is a 1980 graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in mass communication. She is a native of Jasper County.