Jeffery Michael Ellis of Biloxi is the university’s 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus. A 2006 mechanical engineering graduate, he received the prestigious award at the annual alumni awards banquet in February.
While attending MSU, Ellis was a member of the Student Association. As the SA’s history and traditions director, he and other students initiated the idea of a special student tailgating area. Later, as the organization’s director of athletic affairs, he helped with the planning and development of the Junction that now provides enjoyment for generations of Bulldogs.
Since graduation, Ellis has served four terms as president of the Harrison-Stone chapter. Presently, he holds the office of young director for the Southern region of the alumni association’s national board of directors.
Ellis also has helped weave a maroon and white path throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast in his roles as coordinator for the Road Dawgs and Send-Off Party events in the Biloxi area.
Ellis, an engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, has committed to continuing his active service on behalf of MSU and the alumni association.