William Winter to receive award from Ole Miss alumni

Former Gov. William Winter is one of two to receive outstanding awards during the annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction and Rewards reception for the year 2017 at the University of Mississippi. Winter will receive the Alumni Service Award on Friday at a reception hosted by the association at The Inn at Ole Miss. The Alumni Service Award was created by the Alumni Association in 2002 to recognize alumni members who have proven service to the university and the association for an extended amount of time. The 1943 graduate was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1989. He served as governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984.

First student earns degree through Complete 2 Compete

Debra Harris of Grenada is the first student in Mississippi to earn a degree through the Complete 2 Compete Initiative. “I was speechless,” Harris said. Harris was awarded a bachelor’s degree in general studies with minors in English, business administration and computer science last month from the University of Mississippi. Harris hopes to use her degree to build a career in adult literacy. After Harris began studies at UM in 1977, her college career was cut short when she joined the Navy.

IHL trustee Hooper heads Valley’s presidential search

Institutes of Higher Learning board trustee Shane Hooper of Tupelo will lead the committee seeking a new president for Mississippi Valley State University. Board president C.D. Smith made the announcement Thursday. All board trustees will serve as members of the search committee. “I look forward to leading the search for the next president of Mississippi Valley State University,” said Hooper. “I look forward to hearing from the Valley family about their thoughts on the future of the university.”