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Miller graduates from DMH program

  Shirley Miller of Hinds County recently graduated from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH’s) Focus Program. DMH’s Pilot Group Focus Graduation was held May 15 at Tara Wildlife in Vicksburg. DMH’s accelerated leadership development program “Focus” offers a unique opportunity for employees to hone their skills to greater and higher personal performance and self-awareness. 

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Young hired with BankPlus

  Dwight Young was recently hired as an assistant vice president in BankPlus’ Renaissance at Colony Park office.  Young has over four years of experience in the banking industry and was previously employed by Trustmark Bank as an assistant branch manager.  A native of Oxford, Young holds a bachelors of business administration degree from the University of Mississippi, and a ...

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IHL names state superintendent candidate for commissioner

    The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) announced in a press conference June 2 that Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi Superintendent of Education, is the preferred candidate for the position of Commissioner of Higher Education. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Board of Trustees and search consultants with Parker Executive Search.   ...

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Former TVA chairman leads Advance Mississippi

    JACKSON — A group of Mississippi energy, business, community and academic leaders have announced the formation of Advance Mississippi, a coalition dedicated to identifying and promoting energy policy that will benefit and advance Mississippi’s economy.    To support the coalition’s launch and underscore the urgent importance of educating key stakeholders about Mississippi’s energy needs and the economic opportunities ...

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Gillis named new Supreme Court Clerk

Kathy Gillis of Jackson has been appointed as the new clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Gillis has worked for the office of the Supreme Court Clerk for 28 years. She served as chief deputy clerk for nearly 17 years. Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said, “Kathy Gillis’ vast experience and extensive ...

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Allen named VP with MBS

  Sheila Allen of Flowood has been named vice president of manufacturing and distribution for Mississippi Blood Services (MBS), announced Janet Herman, MBS’ chief operations officer. Allen, a native of Crystal Springs, earned her A.A. in laboratory science at Hinds Community College in Raymond and her B.S. in clinical laboratory science at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. She is ...

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Cheng named dean of school of engineering at UM

Alexander H. D. “Alex” Cheng has been named dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi.         Cheng, chair and professor of civil engineering, joined the UM faculty in 2001 after having taught at the University of Delaware, Columbia University and Cornell University. He replaces Kai Fong Lee, who leaves the position June 30 but ...

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Candlewood Suites Hires General Manager

  David Christopher has been named general manager for the Candlewood Suites in Flowood, Miss., a property owned by Stone Creek Lodging and managed by MMI Hotel Group. Christopher’s primary responsibilities will be to manage the daily hotel operations to achieve planned goals and maintain company standards to achieve guest satisfaction, associate satisfaction, quality assurance, and asset protection.

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Martin Named ERDC-CHL Director

    Dr. William Martin has been named director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss.   The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than 2,000 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program exceeding $1 billion.  ...

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MSU to begin search for university provost

  Mississippi State soon will begin a national search to identify a new provost, university President Mark Keenum announced Thursday.     “Dr. Peter Rabideau has announced his intention to return full-time to the faculty as a professor of chemistry, and I respect his decision,” Keenum said, adding that Rabideau has agreed to continue in his current position through December. ...

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