Shields, Ezelle join alumni staff

The Mississippi State University Alumni Association grew its family by two this fall as it welcomed Adam Shields and Alex Ezelle into the maroon and white fold. The 129-year-old association strives to foster lifelong relationships between the land-grant institution and its alumni through programs, activities and events. Both Shields and Ezelle are excited to be a part of such a storied organization and look forward to helping further the mission of the association and that of Mississippi State.

In his new position, Shields serves as the assistant coordinator for chapter and recruiting programs, and he provides guidance and advice for alumni chapters and their leaders. Shields is also a liaison between the MSU Alumni Association and the university’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships, and in this role, he will personally work with alumni to further the role of alumni chapters in recruiting students to Mississippi State.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Mississippi State in 2009, Shields served as assistant director of Alpine Camp for Boys in Mentone, Alabama. However, the former Bully mascot wanted to make his way back to Starkville. Shields, who has always been passionate about MSU, said, “I am proud to be a Bulldog because Mississippi State is a place where you can be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Ezelle is another proud alumnus joining the association. He brings with him an understanding of alumni affairs, and he continues to serve as an Alumni Delegate. Ezelle earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from MSU early in 2014, and in his new role, he will serve as a graduate assistant for the MSU class ring program and the Alumni Delegates while he pursues a master’s degree.

Coming from Hoover, Alabama, Ezelle is excited to work with the Alumni Association. When asked why others should join the Bulldog family, Ezelle responded, “Mississippi State has something for everyone and the university provides its graduates with a solid connection they cannot achieve anywhere else.”

Shields and Ezelle join an established alumni team under the leadership of executive director, Jeff Davis, who just finished his first year in that role.

“We are thrilled to have Adam and Alex as part of our team and look forward to working with them to continue the growth of our association in 2015 as we mark our 130th year of serving Mississippi State and its alumni and friends.”