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Ross passes gavel to Robinson

Scott Ross, president of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, has passed the gavel to incoming president Dr. Bettye Neely. Neely will officially take the seat May 8. Trustee Robin Robinson will serve as vice president. Neely was appointed by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in June 2000 to represent the former Fourth Congressional District. She served ...

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Mitchell honored for pro bono work

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has named Jesse Mitchell the recipient of the Judge Charles Pickering Pro Bono Award, which recognizes the pro bono attorney of the year in the firm’s Jackson office. Mitchell was recognized for his work as part of a successful pro bono defense team in a complicated criminal case. Mitchell is an associate in ...

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Washington joins INROADS team

INROADS Inc. recently welcomed Chanda Washington as regional director, Southeast Region. Washington will be responsible for the overall operation and business development of the Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham, N.C., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson markets. Washington brings a wide variety of management, operations and project execution experience to the position. Prior to joining INROADS, she spent the 15 ...

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Luke named to College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated 134 architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Robert Luke, AIA, of LPK Architects of Meridian was elected to receive this honor because, under Luke’s leadership as NCARB president, his consensus building skills fostered collaboration with collateral ...

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Clinic adds two to staff

Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Benjamin Makamson, D.O., in the practice of vascular surgery. As a vascular surgeon, Makamson specializes in surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and varicose veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. Makamson is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Health Sciences College ...

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Hospitals present employee honors

Singing River Health System (SRHS) recently honored its Employees of the Month at Singing River Hospital (SRH) and Ocean Springs Hospital (OSH) for February and March. Ocean Springs Hospital has honored Bobby Davis, nurse assistant, Two West, as the February Employee of the Month, and Michael Michaud, PC specialist, information systems, as the March Employee of the Month. Singing River ...

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Bottorff replacing Duncan at TVA

After serving as chairman for a year, Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors chairman Mike Duncan asked the board April 16 to select a new chairman, citing his new duties as leader of a recently formed national political fund-raising organization. The board voted unanimously to name director Dennis Bottorff of Nashville as TVA’s new chairman. Duncan is a former chairman ...

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Keeping Our Eye On: Chad Vaughn

Age: 31 Hometown: Meridian Education: B.S. in HVACR engineering technology, Ferris State University Current Position: Vice president, The Service Company of Mississippi LLC At only 31 years old, Chad Vaughn has already put in 19 years of work in the mechanical contracting industry. Summer employment at the age of 12 in his father’s business, The Service Company of Mississippi LLC, ...

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Three candidates vying for USM post

The search committee for the vice president of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast position has narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists, including Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze; Dr. Frances Lucas and Dr. Andrew Rogerson. The vice president for Southern Miss Gulf Coast position replaces the associate provost for Southern Miss Gulf Coast post, currently held by Dr. Pat ...

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MAGPPA recognizes MDOT workers

Two Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) employees have been honored by the Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing and Property Agents (MAGPPA). Director of asset management Julie Ethridge was presented with the MAGPPA Property Manager of the Year Award, which is given to recognize an outstanding manager in the field of property. Ethridge is recognized for her work helping to meet ...

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