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2/26/2020 - Jackson, Miss.

State elected officials to address honorees, guests

Higher education in Mississippi is the focus of the 33rd annual HEADWAE program, which will honor outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the State Capitol.

Elected officials, along with Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education, and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board, will provide remarks. Honorees will also enjoy a tour of the Capitol and will be recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state's public and private institutions of higher learning. The program is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann.

"We are so pleased that our state elected officials will address the honorees and their guests at the State Capitol," said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. "The Legislature established this program in recognition of the difference that post-secondary institutions, their students and faculty, make for our state. It is wonderful to have their contributions recognized through this program each year."

Elected officials will address the group at 2:00 p.m. in Room 216 at the State Capitol. The honorees will be recognized by the Legislature in the Senate chamber at 4:00 p.m.

2019-2020 HEADWAE Honorees

Institution Student Honoree Faculty Honoree
Alcorn State University Makayla Nicole Wiley Melissa Christine Mason
Belhaven University John Bruening Seth Parry
Blue Mountain College Richard Dalton Tudor Gregory Wayne Long
Coahoma Community College Aniya Johnson Robert Rockett
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Joseph Bryden Herring Angela Smith
Delta State University Elizabeth Chandler Swindle Eckward N McKnight
East Central Community College Emilee Jane Tadlock Robert Curtis Skipper
East Mississippi Community College Amber Lynn Chancellor Eljenette Blocker West
Hinds Community College Maria Fernanda Serratos Phillip Cockrell
Holmes Community College Britton English Grace Angela Jones Miles
Itawamba Community College Kalyn Nicole Johnson Edana Pounders Nail
Jackson State University Patrick L. Stanley Ronica Arnold Branson
Jones College Donavan Blake Hinton Cody Lane Robertson
Meridian Community College Brandon Michael Harkins Sandy Hemmingway Clark
Millsaps College Luca Kistner Patrick D. Hopkins
Mississippi College Aaron Feazelle John P. Anderson
Mississippi Delta Community College Melandy Guillen Amy Creel Biles
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Terrell William Jordan Madeline Lynn Zimmerman
Mississippi State University Jacob Scott Manning James C. Giesen
Mississippi University for Women Hallie Grace Cole Kristi DiClemente
Mississippi Valley State University Derica S. Pitters John Q. Zheng
Northeast Mississippi Community College Elizabeth Morgan Cowan Morgan Reynolds Tucker
Northwest Mississippi Community College Satsha Marquise Burden Lisa Chambers Strong
Pearl River Community College Alyssa Jordan Necaise James R. Elbers
Reformed Theological Seminary Emily Goeglein Michael Hillerman
Rust College Briejana Asha Tate Gemma Douglas Beckley
Southeastern Baptist College Mae Lois Evans Corbey Bertrand Jones
Southwest Mississippi Community College Jacelyn Jade Latham Debera Stogner Reeves
Tougaloo College Vanetta Vantrice Brownlow Lucy Katherine Johnston-Josey
University of Mississippi Barron Charles Mayfield John Young
University of Mississippi Medical Center Jared Michael Akers Jennifer Craft Bain
University of Southern Mississippi Ryan Johnson Alan M Shiller
Wesley Biblical Seminary Grace Elizabeth Andrews David Benjamin Schreiner
William Carey University Caleb Glen Golson Thomas James Rauch


The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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