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2/25/2019 - Jackson, Miss.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to deliver keynote address
Senator Gray Tollison, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, to greet students at the State Capitol

WHO: Outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges
WHAT: Receive special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature
WHEN: February 26, 2019
  • 10:00 a.m.: Senator Gray Tollison, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, to welcome honorees and guests, Room 216, State Capitol
  • 11:45 a.m.: Awards Luncheon, Windsor Ballrooms I, II, & III, Marriott Hotel, 200 East Amite Street, Jackson


  • Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Representative Greg Holloway, Vice Chair, House Universities and Colleges Committee
  • Senator Josh Harkins, Chair, Senate Universities and Colleges Committee
  • Dr. Susan P. Lee, Associate Commissioner of Academic and Student Affairs, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning; Secretary-Treasurer, Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Gloria J. Miller, Director of Student Services, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning; Chair, HEADWAE Steering Committee
  • Dr. Shawn Mackey, Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Accountability, Mississippi Community College Board
  • Dr. E. Harold Fisher, Executive Director, Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Dr. Adam Breerwood, President, Pearl River Community College; President, Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Kell Smith, Director of Communications and Legislative Services, Mississippi Community College Board, Master of Ceremonies

2018-2019 HEADWAE Honorees

Institution Student Honoree Faculty Honoree
Alcorn State University Coranisha Luella Warren Robert Carlen Sizemore
Belhaven University Patricia Josephine Womack Yusufu Jinkiri
Blue Mountain College Lauren Ashley Collins Alana Delise Teague
Coahoma Community College Yasmine Harper Barbara N. Boschert
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Geovani Lara Praveen Ramaraju
Delta State University Charles Eugene King Jonathan Edward Westfall
East Central Community College Mayowa Asagunla Pam Croswell
East Mississippi Community College Jordan Brooke White Shannon Pendergrass
Hinds Community College Hezekiah Henry Williams Dan J. Fuller
Holmes Community College Hallie McKinley Westbrook Lisa Anglin
Itawamba Community College Makaela Noelle Dickerson Nathaniel Gene Ward
Jackson State University Malik Martez Nelson Nicholas John Hill
Jones County Junior College Shivum Desai Eric Shows
Meridian Community College Dunnam Odis Shirley Valerie Stidam Bishop
Millsaps College Caiying Catherine Zhang Brent E. Hendrixson
Mississippi College Anthony Pierré Jackson John Travis
Mississippi Delta Community College Jaylan LaShun Woods Elizabeth McCool Scrivner
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Riley Hope Brown Jennifer Barnes Moffett
Mississippi State University Mayah Emerson James Andrew Dunne
Mississippi University for Women Demyia Roseana Graham Dee Anne Larson
Mississippi Valley State University Donovan Deandre Brownlee Micah Rueber
Northeast Mississippi Community College Trevin Hall Moore Robbie Rogers Coleman
Northwest Mississippi Community College William Joshua Wood Elizabeth Swayze Harvey
Pearl River Community College Alphonso Wright Aaryn Ward Purvis
Reformed Theological Seminary Step Morgan Jennings Ligon Duncan
Rust College Aundre Fletcher Jr. Wonso White Hayes
Southeastern Baptist College Zechariah Rogers Rosemary Finney Davis
Southwest Mississippi Community College William Craig Battle Joyce Jones Mabry
Tougaloo College Mikayla Olivia Johnson Kedra Laverne James
University of Mississippi Edward Elam Miller Ann Elizabeth Monroe
University of Mississippi Medical Center Megan Poirrier Ladner Shamsi Daneshvari Berry
University of Southern Mississippi Corai E. Jackson Davin J. Wallace
Wesley Biblical Seminary Preston White Chris Lohrstorfer
William Carey University Priscilia Jay Renard Janie Pittman Bower


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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