Academic colleges honor eight as alumni of the year

Mississippi State University’s eight academic colleges have selected a slate of impressive Bulldogs as their 2015 College Alumni of the Year honorees. These individuals are honored for their many accomplishments and the Bulldog spirit they embody in their personal and professional lives.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors Richard B. “Dick” Flowers Sr. of Tunica. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Mississippi State in 1956. He owns Flowers Foundation Inc.

The Alumnus of the Year for the College of Architecture, Art, and Design is Fred E. Carl Jr. of Greenwood. He attended Mississippi State and was later awarded an honorary doctor of science by MSU in 2009. Carl founded Viking Range Corp., where he served as chairman and CEO. He also is the founder and chairman of C3 Design Inc.

The College of Arts and Sciences honors Malcolm B. Lightsey Sr. of Ridgeland as its Alumnus of the Year. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from MSU in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He is the retired president and CEO of SunTech Inc.

The Alumnus of the Year for the College of Business is James A. “Jim” Coggin of Jackson. He earned a business administration degree from Mississippi State in 1964. He retired in 2007 as president and chief administrative officer of Saks Inc.

The College of Education recognizes Dr. Debra J. West of Flora as its Alumna of the Year. She earned a Ph.D. in community college leadership from MSU in 2007. She is deputy executive director for programs and accountability with the Mississippi Community College Board.

The James Worth Bagley College of Engineering honors Mike M. McDaniel of Houston, Texas, as its Alumnus of the Year. He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from MSU in 1979. He is the owner of M3 Resources LLC and Saber Power Systems.

Elton R. Coley of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the College of Forest Resources Alumnus of the Year. Leader of a forestry consulting business, he earned a degree in forest resources from Mississippi State in 1974 followed by an MBA in 1975.

The College of Veterinary Medicine honors a pair of 1988 doctorate of veterinary medicine graduates as its college Alumni of the Year. Dr. Stephen K. King and Dr. Glenn S. Thomas reside in Tupelo. King operates the Tupelo Small Animal Hospital P.A., while Thomas is co-owner of the establishment.