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Travis retiring as head of Mississippi World Trade Center

JACKSON — Barbara Travis is retiring today after 13 years as the executive director of the Mississippi World Trade Center. The Mississippi World Trade Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters international trade and economic growth in Mississippi and the Mid-South region. The center was created in 2001 and Travis was its first executive director. She has worked on international ...

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Community college board exec Eric Clark to retire

JACKSON — Mississippi Community College Board Executive Director Eric Clark will retire at the end of June 2015. Since 2008, Clark has led the board that coordinates the operations of the state’s 15 community colleges, which are governed by local boards. Clark, 63, made the announcement during a state board meeting. He told The Associated Press he will have 40 ...

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Bagley succeeding Kelley as president/COO of BancorpSouth

One of Mississippi’s banks has a new president. The board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. has selected Chris A. Bagley as the next president and COO of BancorpSouth Inc. and BancorpSouth Bank. Bagley will succeed James V. Kelley upon his previously announced retirement on Aug. 15. Bagley, who joined BancorpSouth earlier this year as an executive vice president, was previously ...

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Keeton to retire next year as head of UMMC

JACKSON — The head of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has announced his retirement. Dr. James Keeton said today that he will retire as of June 30, 2015. Keeton, a pediatric urologist, has been vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine since July 2009. He’s worked at UMMC since 2002. Ole ...

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End of an era — Patterson retiring from BancorpSouth board

One of Mississippi’s iconic bankers is finally calling it quits after more than 40 years of service. Aubrey Patterson, chairman of the board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. will retire upon the expiration of his current term. Patterson will serve as a chairman emeritus following the expiration of his term. Patterson served BancorpSouth as president and COO from 1983 to ...

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PERS director opposes change to provisions of '13th check'

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System says she opposes a bill that would make state and local government retirees wait until they’re 65 to collect an annual cost-of-living adjustment known as the “13th check,” even if they retire years earlier. “The unintended consequences of that bill would be very detrimental to the system,” PERS director ...

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Wiseman retiring after nearly 30 years with Stennis Institute

STARKVILLE — Dr. Marty Wiseman, executive director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University, will retire Dec. 31. The school and Wiseman made the announcement yesterday. Wiseman’s work has focused on public administration and Mississippi government. A native Mississippian, he received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University and has been at MSU ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: There is no political will to fix PERS

By Bill Crawford Ask your favorite state or local officials if they have seen this statement: “A contribution rate of 16.29% of active members’ compensation for the 2014/2015 fiscal year would be needed in order to keep the anticipated accrued liability payment within 30 years in accordance with GASB Statements 25 and 27.” It’s at the bottom of Page One ...

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Is PERS in better financial shape or not? Depends on accounting

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public employee pension fund saw its financial position improve last year. Or it didn’t. It’s all in the accounting. And depending on which set of numbers you look at, results for the Public Employees Retirement System are either negative or positive for the 12 months ended June 30. The negative take first: Like most pension funds, actuaries ...

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Personnel Board exec: State workers growing old

JACKSON — One-third of Mississippi state government’s workforce will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. Deanne Mosley, executive director of the state Personnel Board, said the employees nearing retirement age are many of the state’s leaders and supervisors. “They have an incredible amount of institutional knowledge,” Mosley told legislative leaders recently. One of the issues that could ...

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