Class notes


Bill James (B.S. electrical engineering, ’58) has been elected to another three year term on the board of directors of SECOEnergy (Sumterville, Florida), the fifth largest electric cooperative in the U.S.


Catherine Dunn (B.S. industrial engineering, ’75) is now the director of port development for the Port of New Orleans. She has been with the port for 26 years, serving the past 12 as deputy director of port development.


Stan Patrick (B.P.A. accounting, ’80) has been named vice president of business affairs at Copiah-Lincoln Community College after joining the school as comptroller in 2014. He is licensed as a certified public accountant in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Robert L. Taylor Jr. (Ph.D. animal physiology, ’81) has been named a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association. He is a professor, director of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, and co-director of the School of Agriculture and Food at West Virginia University.

Randy Galloway (B.S. mechanical engineering, ’83) is now deputy director of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. He will be responsible for coordinating all of NASA’s rocket propulsion testing capabilities and the center’s role in NASA’s applied science programs.

R. Douglas Vaughn (B.B.A. banking and finance, ’87) was included in the 22nd edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” He is a partner at Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles LLP in Gulfport.

Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth (B.S. education, ’87) is now the 140th president of the Mississippi Dental Association. He practices general dentistry at Hollingsworth Dental Clinic in Newton and was recognized as an Alumni Fellow in 2010.


Wade Shrader (B.S. aerospace engineering, ’91) recently returned to Mississippi to be the chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery at Batson Children’s Hospital–University of Mississippi Medical Center. For the past 10 years he has served in the same role at Phoenix (Arizona) Children’s Hospital.

Marc Verhage (B.S. aerospace engineering, ’91) is now senior vice president of the Civil Space Strategic Business Unit of TriVector Services Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. This unit provides support to NASA’s Space Launch System and other projects.

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Laura Beth Hendricks (B.B.A. banking and finance, ’92; B.P.A. accounting, ’93) has been promoted to director of internal compliance and support at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, an entertainment business management firm with offices in Nashville and New York.

Fourth generation farmer Allen Eubanks (B.S. agricultural economics, ‘92) is the 2015 Mississippi Farmer of the Year. His 2,800-acre farm is one of the largest vegetable farms in the state.

Alan E. Hicks (B.M.E. music education, ’93) will make company debuts this season with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Shenandoah University. He spent the last two seasons with Seattle Opera, and last summer with Miami Summer Music Festival. His book “Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer” is available in paperback and as an e-book.

Bryan D. Leatherman (B.S. microbiology, ’93) was selected to teach an instructional course on balloon sinus dilation and serve as an expert panelist at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in Dallas, Texas. He is an ear, nose, throat and sinus surgeon at the Coastal Sinus and Allergy Center in Gulfport.

Christie Veach (B.B.A. marketing, ’93) has been promoted to assistant manager at Wal-Mart in Canton. She has been with the company in assistant and co-manager positions for 22 years.

Charles Vance (B.B.A. management, ’94) plans to run 220 miles from Boston to New York City to raise money for the ASPCA, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project. His elderly, rescued dog and training partner Jack will ride in a modified stroller to accompany him on the trek. More information is available at

Bill Hardin (B.P.A. accounting, ’96, M.P.A. accounting, ‘97) has joined Charles River Associates as a vice president at its Chicago office. Throughout his career he has worked hundreds of cases involving data breach and cyber incident response, theft of trade secrets, white-collar crime and enterprise risk management.

Lady Cox (B.A. communication, ’98) has been named assistant vice president for engagement and outreach for Auburn University’s Division of Student Affairs. She will oversee the student center, student involvement, student media, and parent and family programs, while continuing to be the university’s deputy Title IX coordinator.


Chase Frazure (B.B.A. general business, ‘01) is now senior vice president and business banker at BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus. He has 14 years of banking experience, including eight years in commercial lending.

Getarah “Gigi” Washington Shepard (B.B.A. risk management, insurance and financial planning, ’08; MBA, ’09) earned a Juris Doctor in May from the Mississippi College School of Law.


Andrew Beets (B.S. geoscience, ’11) was named Civilian of the Second Quarter 2015 at the Naval Oceanographic Office. He is a physical scientist, production specialist and quality control analyst in the Maritime Homeland Defense Support Division.

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi has hired LaCiana McIntyre (B.S. kinesiology, ’12; M.S. food science, nutrition and health promotion, ’14) as a health and wellness coordinator. She will implement the partnership’s interactive childhood obesity prevention program, Just Have a Ball, in elementary schools across the state.

Brandi Ratliff Hamilton (B.A. history, ’12) earned a Juris Doctor and health law certificate in May from the Mississippi College School of Law.

Lauren Rushing Sullivan (B.A. English, ’12) earned a Juris Doctor in May from the Mississippi College School of Law.

Kelli Coggin (B.A. communication, ‘13) is now an agency producer with the GodwinGroup in Jackson. She is responsible for coordinating print, digital and broadcast production, as well as estimates and project management for the agency’s clients.

Morris Marketing Group in Lakeland, Tennessee, recently hired Clinton Alexander (B.A. communication, ’15) as a marketing communications specialist. He will help create and maintain communication plans, facilitate client relations, assist in media relations, and construct and facilitate social media strategies.

Thomas McBroom (B.F.A., ’15) had three works accepted in the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Arts Council’s 27th Annual Juried Exhibit. His oil painting “Standing Pig” took third place. He also received a grant to serve as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center for the month of August.

Birth Announcements

Clara Marie Lann, Dec. 25, 2014 to Barry E. Lann (’01) and Curry Marie Lann of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Eleanor Christine Seitz, June 16, 2015 to Marc Seitz (’03, ’07) and Holli Hitt Seitz (’05) of Starkville.

John Thomas Mason, July 23, 2015 to Gregory Mason (’04) and Christina Pitzer Mason (’07, ’08).

Henry Arthur Lassetter, Sept. 16, 2015 to Michael Lassetter and Susan Hughes Lassetter (’07) of Starkville.

Mary Victoria Sanderson, Sept. 22, 2015 to Marie Thomas Sanderson (’01) and Brian Sanderson of Ocean Springs.