Ann Lamar, retired state Supreme Court justice Credit: Mississippi Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Bryant appoints retired state Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning.

Gov. Bryant made the announcement in a Facebook post Wednesday morning:

“I have appointed the Honorable Ann Lamar, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi, to the IHL Board of Trustees. Her term will begin immediately and run through 2021.”

“I look forward to working with Justice Lamar to advance the university system and the state,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience weighing decisions with thoughtful deliberation and careful consideration that will serve the Board well.”

Bryant’s post continued: “I know she’ll do a great job serving with integrity and honor. She replaces Karen Cummins, who passed away in January 2017 after an extended illness.”

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Ashley F. G. Norwood, a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi.