Class notes


’66 Calvin Gray (M.P.A. ’69) of Georgetown, Texas, has retired as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 405, but will continue as a volunteer with the group. During more than 27 years with the Georgetown troop, he helped 170 young men attain the Eagle Scout rank.

’69 Lynn Norris of Tupelo has been recognized by PA Times, a publication of the American Society of Public Administration. Featured as an “unsung hero” in the Public Service Profile section, he is a volunteer consultant and former chief financial officer for the City of Tupelo. He was selected for his dedication as a public servant that helped the city’s overtime costs drop almost $500,000 from 2009-12.


’73 (Ph.D.) Rush Miller of Pittsburgh, Pa., has retired after 20 years as University of Pittsburgh librarian and director of the University Library System. During his tenure, the system grew to 15 libraries and holdings of almost seven million books, doubling the collection that now includes more than 1 million electronic books and 110,000 journals.

’74 Tom Mason Jr., D.D.S., has retired after practicing general dentistry in Biloxi for 35 years. He also graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1978.

‘76 Alan Renfroe of Moss Point, executive vice president and chief financial officer of First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Pascagoula–Moss Point, has been elected chairman of the board of the Financial Managers Society for 2014-15. The announcement was made at the 2014 Finance and Accounting Forum for Financial Institutions in Orlando, Fla.

’77 Ron Allen of Brandon has been promoted by BankFirst Financial Services to executive vice president for corporate lending and correspondent banking. Now leading this newly formed bank division, he joined BankFirst three years ago as president of the Madison County locations.


’80 Jim McAlexander of Columbus is the new executive vice president for branch administration and retail banking for BankFirst Financial Services. With more than 25 years in banking, he formerly served as president and senior credit officer of a Columbus banking center.

’81 (Ph.D.) Robert Taylor of Morgantown, W.V., has been named director of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences for West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture. Taylor is a former professor of animal science at the University of New Hampshire.

’86 Chris Anderson of Jackson is the new chief executive officer for Baptist Health Systems, parent company of Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center Leake in Carthage, Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care and a number of related health care services and programs. A certified public accountant, Anderson served for 16 years as CEO of Singing River Health System in Pascagoula.

’86 Johnny Ray of Jackson has joined BankFirst Financial Services as executive vice president/Jackson regional president. In this role, Ray leads the bank’s metro-area teams that include branches and loan offices in Flowood, Gluckstadt, Madison and Ridgeland.

’89 Marcus Mallory of Columbus is the new executive vice president for commercial banking at BankFirst Financial Services. Prior to this appointment, he held positions as executive vice president, state executive and Starkville office president for another financial institution.


’90 Albert J. “Al” Williams of Houston, Texas, has been appointed president of Chevron Pipeline Company, Gas & Midstream. He joined Chevron in 1991 as a facilities engineer and has worked in multiple international locations over the years, including Thailand, Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

’91 Dr. Chad Norton of Alexandria, La., a cataract surgeon at Alexandria Eye and Laser Center, has been named a “Top Surgeon” in the U.S. by Sightpath Medical, the country’s leading provider of surgical services and equipment for cataracts, glaucoma and refractive procedures.

‘96 Jerry L. Toney of Starkville has been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal for “Top 40 Under 40.” The annual list recognizes the state’s up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. He is president of Cadence Bank for Mississippi and a senior financial consultant for the bank’s Wealth Services Division. He is a past president of the MSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors.


’02 Zack Jourdan (M.S. ’03) of Montgomery, Ala., an associate professor of information systems and management at Auburn University at Montgomery, has been promoted to department head. Jourdan, who holds a Ph.D. from Auburn, began teaching at AU’s Montgomery campus in 2008. He was awarded tenure in 2013, the same year he graduated from the institution’s leadership academy.

‘02 Nathan Moore (MPPA ’09) of Starkville has been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal for “Top 40 Under 40.” The annual list recognizes the state’s up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. He is director of corporate and foundation relations for the MSU Foundation.

‘02 Chad Wallace of Brandon, digital communications specialist at Belhaven University in Jackson, has been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal for “Top 40 under 40.” The annual list recognizes the state’s up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40.

’06 Luke Yeatman of Madison has been promoted by BankFirst Financial Services to vice president from assistant vice president. He began his career with BankFirst in 2012 as an accounting and credit officer.

’07 Jennifer Franzo of Slidell, La., Marshall Space Flight Center safety and mission assurance technical interface to Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center, has been honored with a Silver Snoopy award. The NASA award recognizes employees making contributions that enhance the probability of mission success and is given personally by astronauts to represent their recognition of excellence.

’07 Cal Rackley (Master of Taxation ’09) of Starkville has been elected as a member of Watkins, Ward and Stafford PLLC, Certified Public Accountants. He specializes in taxation and business advisory services.

’09 Hailey Crockett III of Nashville, Tenn., has joined the intellectual property law firm Waddley Patterson. A registered patent attorney, he focuses his practice on patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights, primarily in the mechanical and electromechanical arts.

’09 (Ph.D.) Andrea Mayfield of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been named president of Shelton State Community College, an institution within the Alabama Community College System. Previously, she was vice president of East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba Campus.


‘11 (M.B.A.) David L. Tuyo II of Miami, Fla., has been hired by Power Financial Credit Union as its chief financial officer. Prior to joining PFCU, he was senior vice president at Lending Solutions Consulting Inc. and held several top leadership positions with Pen Air Federal Credit Union.

Birth Announcements

Nyssa Elizabeth Ashworth, Jan. 12, 2014, to Tonya K. Ashworth (’00) and Daniel Ashworth Jr. (’02) of Memphis, Tenn.

Christopher Allan Carter, Jan. 13, 2014, to Britt Hammons-Carter (’09) and Christopher Carter of Greenwood.

Jaxon Riley Jones, June 9, 2014, to Meg Walley Jones (’05) and Hunter Jones (’07) of Laurel.

Mary Ann Martin, June 4, 2014, to Jamie W. Martin and Scott Martin (’99) of Hattiesburg.


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