Colleges name Alumni of the Year

Each year, the MSU Alumni Association recognizes outstanding graduates for their personal, professional and community accomplishments. In February, eight individuals whose lives and service to others represent the strong values of Mississippi State University were announced as the 2014 College Alumni of the Year.

By academic unit, they include:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ted H. Kendall III of Bolton, a 1958 agriculture graduate and former student body president. He now is president of Gaddis Farms Inc. and president of R&B Land Co.

College of Architecture, Art and Design
U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown of Jackson, a 1987 architecture graduate. When confirmed by the U.S. Senate last year to the bench of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, she became the second female federal judge in the state’s 197-year history. (Brown joins fellow Bulldog Sharion Aycock, a 1977 economic graduate whose 2007 appointment to the Northern District bench made her the first woman to hold that distinction.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Henry E. “Hank” Johnston of Bluffton, S.C., a 1965 mathematics graduate. A retired corporate vice president of Electronic Data Systems, he was Bluffton’s mayor from 2000-08. After graduation from MSU, he worked for IBM and was project leader of the Apollo-Saturn flight program for the first manned moon rocket launch.

College of Business
Laurence E. “Larry” Favreau of Madison, a 1974 accounting graduate. Now executive vice president and CEO of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., he is a Gulfport native who joined the company in 1974. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

College of Education
Fred R. “Rick” Young of Eupora, president of East Mississippi Community College. After receiving his 1972 bachelor’s degree in marketing, he went on to earn a master’s in technology education in 1974 and doctorate in educational leadership/higher education administration in 1993. He has been with EMCC for 35 years and was named president in 2004.

L-R: Front row - Susanne Taylor, Herb Johnson, National Alumnus Mike Sanders, Hank Johnston, and Michael Clutter. L-R: Back row - Ted Kendall, Larry Favreau, MSU Alumni Association National President Tommy Roberson, and Rick Young.
Not pictured, Debra Brown.

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Herbert V. “Herb” Johnson of Houston, Texas, president of HVJ Associates Inc. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and has served as a member of the MSU Foundation board of directors.

College of Forest Resources
Michael L. Clutter of Athens, Ga., dean of the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He is a 1981 forestry graduate who also holds degrees from Georgia. Before working in higher education, he spent nearly two decades in private industry that included service as Georgia-Pacific’s vice president of decision support and information services.

College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Susanne Taylor of Bartlett, Tenn., owner of Wolfchase Animal Hospital. A 1983 doctor of veterinary medicine graduate, she served for a number of years as veterinarian for Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis.