Class Notes


Melvin T. Roland (B.S. industrial management, ’59) was inducted into the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt Start Park in Morton.



Harold Gary (B.A. agriculture and extension education, ‘60) was elected president of the National Rural Rehabilitation Corporation at its annual conference in Tampa, Florida. He is also vice president of the Mississippi Rural Rehabilitation Corporation and serves on the board of directors of the Pearl River Basin Development District, Southwest Mississippi Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the Forestry Association advisory board.

Harris H. “Trip” Barnes III (B.A. political science, ’68) was invited to join the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. This honor is offered to those deemed to be in the top 1 percent of their profession. He is an AV Preeminent-rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Super Lawyer by Memphis magazine.



Carol J. Levy (B.S. mathematics, ’70) was one of four recipients of the Richardson, Texas, Real Heroes Award. She was nominated for her volunteer work at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations. She also volunteers with the Richardson Police Department’s Neighborhood Crime Watch Patrol.

“Whatever Happened to Will,” a novel by Jerry Moorman (B.S. distributive education ’71; Ed.D., ’79), earned third place in the fiction: action adventure category at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s annual EVVY awards. It is one of four works currently available from the author.

Watts C. Ueltschey (B.S. accounting, ‘72) was selected for the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was also named, for the third consecutive year, to Expert Guides – Energy, an international listing of lawyers as chosen by their peers. Based with Jackson’s Brunni, Grantham, Grower & Hews, PLLC, he was previously named Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal.



David W. Jones (BPA, ‘81) is now senior vice president at Trustmark Banking and Financial Solutions’ corporate headquarters in Jackson. He was previously chief information security officer. With 34 years of banking experience, he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Ken Wrede (B.S. communication, ‘81) authored “6 Rabbit Holes of Leadership,” a new book about common pitfalls people find in their careers and how to avoid them.

Brig. Gen. Janson D. “Durr” Boyles (B.S. biological engineering, ’82) was appointed adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard following the retirement of Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins. Boyles has 34 years of commissioned service including a tour in Afghanistan in 2009 and a year in Kosovo as chief of staff for KFOR Forces, a NATO Division deployed as part of Operation Joint Guardian.

As part of the U.S. show jumping team, Kent Farrington earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with Voyeur, a 14-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding owned by Tommy Nusz (B.S. petroleum engineering, ‘82) and Terri Nusz (B.S. home economics, ‘82).

Craig Orgeron (BBA, ‘89; MPPA, ‘01; Ph.D. public policy and administration, ‘08) earned the Meritorious Service Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. With more than 25 years of information technology experience, he is executive director of the Mississippi Department of Technology Services and chief information officer for the state of Mississippi.



Lane B. Reed (B.A. political science, ’92) will serve as president of the Mississippi School Board Association’s Council of School Board Attorneys having previously served two terms on the council’s board of directors. A partner in McGehee, McGehee & Torrey, he has been an attorney for the Franklin County School District since 1996 and serves as municipal prosecuting attorney for the town of Bude and mayor of Meadville. He was Franklin County prosecutor from 2008-11 and prosecuting attorney for Meadville for 11 years.

Brian Ratliff (B.S. civil engineering, ’96) was appointed District 5 engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He now oversees operations in 10 central Mississippi counties including the Jackson Metro Area and counties along Interstate 20 east toward Meridian. He began working for MDOT immediately following his graduation, moving from engineer-in-training to resident engineer overseeing major Jackson-area projects.

Neil Henry (B.S. business administration, ’97) is now Meridian regional president for Citizens National Bank.

John L. Shuff (BPA, ‘98; MPA, ’99) is now a senior vice president at the Jackson-based corporate headquarters of Trustmark Banking and Financial Solutions. He was previously director of audit and has 19 years of experience in the field.



J. Anthony Sherman (B.S. accountancy, ‘00, M. Taxation, ‘01) was promoted to senior vice president and trust officer at the Jackson-based corporate headquarters of Trustmark Banking and Financial Solutions. He was previously personal trust manager and trust officer for the Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas markets.

Meagan Scott (B.S. human development and family studies, ’02; M.S. agricultural and extension education, ’04)) joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service as a 4-H youth development specialist and assistant professor in the Center for 4-H Youth Development in Fargo. She earned the 2016 Phoenix Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association at Oklahoma State University, as well as the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the university’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership. She previously spent more than eight years as an Extension 4-H youth agent in Pearl River County.

BrookeMD Primary Care, under the direction of Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft (B.S. biochemistry, ‘03), was named Medical Practice of the Year at the 31st annual Chamber of Commerce Huntsville Madison County’s Small Business Awards Celebration. Patients of the practice are served by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner from a team of four, with Uptagrafft acting as the primary care physician.

Lindsey Mackie (B. S. accountancy, ‘05) was promoted to senior vice president and chief accounting officer for EdR Collegiate Housing becoming the youngest member of the company’s executive leadership. She previously served as senior manager for financial services. A certified public accountant, she is a member of the Emerging Leaders Society of United Way of the Mid-South.

A new novel by Anthony Magyar (B.S. mathematics, ‘05) and Jason Sibley weaves a suspenseful tale of Mississippi inmates, unrivaled wealth and a mysterious nemesis. “Dare Ya!” is available from Elevation Book Publishing in bookstores across the country.

Jackson chef Alex Eaton (B.S. interdisciplinary studies, ’07) was crowned King of American Seafood after besting 10 other chefs in the 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. He is chef and owner of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson.

Nathan Johnson (B.S. biological engineering, ‘07) has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is one of six students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 to be selected for this honor.

Doctoral student Kimberly Mason Peeples (B.A. sociology, ‘09; B.S. psychology, ‘10; M.C.Ed., ‘12) is one of a select group receiving a fellowship from the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and recently received the Approved Clinical Supervisor credential.



Creative director for The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer Micah Green (B.A. communication, ’12) is one of eight people selected for the Southern Newspaper Publisher Association’s NEX GEN program. The year-long program gives select newspaper professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Daniel Forde (BBA marketing, ‘14) was named public affairs director for the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s Southern District in Jackson. He previously worked for Sanderson Farms Inc. and the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Office of Public Affairs.



Magnolia Jean Fletcher, Feb. 19, 2016, to Scott Fletcher (’09) and Rachel Posada Fletcher (’09) of Seattle, Washington.