By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
There’s no doubt Camile Scales Young is maroon through and through.
Young is a 1994 communication management graduate of Mississippi State University, and she earned a master’s degree in agriculture and extension education in 1996.
On Sunday, she began her one-year term as president of the MSU Alumni Association.
Young, a Shannon native, also made history in becoming the first black president of the group.
But she doesn’t see it as any major milestone.
“I’m an alumnus of MSU; it doesn’t say anything about race or color on either diploma,” she said. “I’m proud to represent all of Mississippi State. I hope my position will inspire others to join the alumni association, but as (former MSU football coach) Sylvester Croom used to say, ‘maroon is the only color that matters.’”
Young lives in Madison, and she is vice president of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Jackson.
She’s the daughter of Patty Tucker, the executive director of the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross, and William Tucker.
“I’m very, very proud of her,” Patty Tucker said. “She’s always been an overachiever, and I’m really not that surprised that she’s president. She has accomplished a lot. Her dad and I are so proud.”
Young got involved early in her career with the MSU Alumni Association. She’s been active in the Central Mississippi Chapter board of directors and has been first and second vice president on the national board.
During the next year, Young said she had some important goals.
“Of course, like every president before me, the first is to secure a bowl game, win an SEC championship and have post-season play in all sports,” she said with a laugh.
“Seriously, I’d like to increase participation in the alumni association by young alumni,” she said. “MSU has given us a whole lot. … It’s not always about money, but time and talent, whatever you can do. Every bit helps.”
MSU has some 124,000 living alumni, with about 40,000 active members. Young wants to grow that number.
“We have people who love Mississippi State and who helped make it great, and we can make it even better,” she said.