New airport board member replaces chairman

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Rocky Miskelly has been named to the Tupelo Airport Authority, approved unanimously by the Tupelo City Council on Tuesday.
Miskelly replaces Bo Gibens, whose term expired in April. Gibens also served as chairman of the authority, which oversees the operations of Tupelo Regional Airport.
Miskelly’s term ends in September 2016.
He joins Jim Frerer, Fred Hill, Glenn McCullough Jr., and Ty Robinson on the board.
An executive vice president and director of wealth management at Renasant Bank, Miskelly isn’t unfamiliar with airlines.
He’s logged more than 7 million miles on commercial flights and says he’s a lifelong flying enthusiast.
“I’ve flown nearly 400 legs a year and I’ve been a platinum member of three different airlines at the same time,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve also been to 150 airports domestically.”
Miskelly said he has a keen interest in commercial air service and that it’s a key economic and community development tool.
“I believe the airport has to grow to meet the needs of the community and the region,” he said, adding that he looks forward to work with the leadership of the board and airport.
Miskelly was born and raised in Ripley and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He also received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
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