Association names new officers

As the Mississippi State University Alumni Association marked 130 years of service, new leaders of the national board of directors began two-year terms.

They officially took office on July 1, and the new national officers include Ronald E. Black of Meridian as president, Brad M. Reeves of Jackson as vice president, Jerry L. Toney of Starkville continuing as treasurer and Tommy R. Roberson as immediate former national president.

Black, a 1980 marketing graduate, directs human resources for Southern Pipe and Supply Company Inc. During his career, he has served as South 1 Region director on the national board of directors; he has been on the executive committee for four years; and he served the past two years as first vice president. He is active in the Alumni Association’s Lauderdale County chapter.

After Reeves graduated from Mississippi State in 2002 with a degree in management and construction of land development, he completed a law degree at the University of Mississippi. He is now a practicing attorney with Randall, Segrest, Weeks, Reeves & Sones, PLLC Attorneys and Counselors. Reeves is active with the Central Mississippi chapter, where he served as president, among other roles.

Toney is a 1996 business graduate with a degree in real estate, mortgage finance and economics. He is a president of Cadence Bank for Mississippi and a senior financial consultant for the bank’s wealth services division. Toney was recently honored in the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40.” The former MSU Alumni Association national president also served as president of the Oktibbeha County chapter.

Roberson, a 1967 political science and history graduate, retired from Kraft Foods after 34 years of service. He served the Memphis Maroon Club as its former president, vice president and membership officer. Roberson has been on the executive committee of the Alumni Association’s national board of directors for three years, most recently in the role of national president.

The Alumni Association was founded June 17, 1885, by the first three graduating classes of what was then Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. A full-service organization, the association now includes 95 chapters and has more than 132,000 living alumni worldwide.