MSU names foundation board

From Special Reports


STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Foundation hass announced 2013 leaders and incoming members for the 46-seat board of directors that guides the fundraising arm of the 135-year-old land grant institution.

Incoming officers with one-year terms that began Jan. 1 include: Bobby S. Shackouls of Houston, Texas; Earnest W. “Earnie” Deavenport of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Banner Elk, N.C.; and Mary M. Childs of Ripley.

MSU staff members make up the remaining board officers. John P. Rush, vice president for development and alumni, is the board’s CEO; David Easley, executive director of finance, chief financial officer; and Jack McCarty, executive director of development, board secretary. All are MSU graduates.

Chartered in 1962, the MSU Foundation has raised more than $1 billion in its history. It closed fiscal year 2012 marking the largest giving year ever recorded for Mississippi State with more than $86 million raised. The organization administers most of the campus-based fundraising activities and endowment funds.

New members beginning three-year terms include:

• Linda F. Parker of Bolton. Secretary of Sunbelt Wholesale and active with many area organizations, she is a longtime friend of the university.

• Nancy Qualls of Little Rock, Ark. President of Qualls and Associates, is a bachelor’s and master’s degree graduate of Oklahoma City University.

• Wallace L. Seal of Bay Saint Louis. A 2000 MSU geosciences graduate, he manages North Beach Haulers LLC.

• Milton Sundbeck of West Point. President and CEO of Southern Ionics Inc., he studied chemistry at the University of Texas and accounting at West Texas A&M University.

Members may be reappointed after leaving the board for a year after their terms expire. Seven MSU alumni are returning to the board for new three-year appointments, including:

• John N. “Nutie” Dowdle of Columbus.

• Haley R. Fisackerly of Jackson.

• Hassell H. Franklin of Houston, Miss.

• Wilbert G. “Mickey” Holliman Jr. of Belden.

• Richard H. Puckett Sr. of Jackson.

• Richard A. Rula of Jackson.

• Turner A. Wingo of Collierville, Tenn.

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