By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – Cheryl Thurmond of Ripley has spent nearly 30 years working to ensure children stay in school and graduate.
“That has been a passion,” said Thurmond, a Tippah County school attendance officer.
She hopes to continue that passion by focusing on students who might have struggled in high school as a member of the Mississippi Community College Board.
Thurmond was nominated to a spot on the 10-person board by Gov. Phil Bryant. Thurmond, and 12 other Northeast Mississippi residents who were nominated to state governmental posts by Bryant, were confirmed by the Senate during the recently completed 2012 session.
“My whole career I have tried to help children who were at risk of dropping out of school,” Thurmond said recently. “I feel like the community colleges try to provide some help for children who might not have succeeded – especially with workforce training…. Education has been a passion of mine.”
She said she is constantly harping on students to continue their education – whether at a community college or senior college. Thurmond also pointed out she attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville before continuing to Mississippi State University to earn her degree.
Thurmond will replace Oxford attorney Ed Perry, a former longtime member of the state House, on the board that helps set policy for the state’s 15 two-year schools.
Thurmond said she was recommended for the post by U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, whom she knows through various campaign events.
Her tenure will begin in July and run six years.
Other Northeast Mississippi residents confirmed by the Senate for various boards and commissions are:
* Bradford Johnson (Ford) Dye III, Oxford, Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, for nine-year term beginning in May.
* Erskine LaShane Hooper, Saltillo, Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, for nine-year term beginning in May.
* Teresa Pierce Stanford, Amory, Board of Nursing as a nurse educator, for a four-year term beginning in July.
* Richard Galen Hilton, Starkville, Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority, for four-year term beginning in July.
* Samuel Keith Winfield, Starkville, Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority as certified public accountant, for four-year term beginning immediately.
* William Sumners (Bill) Mayo, Oxford, Board of Medical Licensure, for six-year term beginning in July.
* Larry Wayne Clark, Amory, Motor Vehicle Commission, for four-year term beginning immediately.
* Charles Russell, Tupelo, Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority as the banker, for four-year term beginning immediately.
* Rebecca Rogers Dorough, Tupelo, Board of Nursing as nurse practitioner, for four-year term beginning in July.
* Adele Louise Crudden, Starkville, Mississippi Industries for the Blind, for four-year term beginning in July.
* Thomas H. Kline Sr., Fulton, Board of Contractors as plumbing, heating or air-conditioning contractor, for five-year term beginning in July.
* Natalie Irene Bryant, Pittsboro, Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists, for four-year term beginning in July.
People who serve on the boards and commissions that govern various state agencies earn $40 per day when meeting, plus expenses.
Generally, the boards meet no more than one or days per month at the most. Some do not meet monthly.
Also, the Senate confirmed Bryant appointee Gen. Augustus Leon Collins, a Madison resident, but Prentiss County native, as the state’s adjutant general.