The Agri-Center Advisory Committee, which was appointed by the Lee County Board of Supervisors in April of 2012, received 27 applications for the position.
Stuart Johnson, chairman of the Agri-Center Advisory Committee, said in a news release, “We are excited about hiring Torrey for the director from a field of excellent candidates, and are confident that he will bring a positive and energetic approach to implementing the strategic plan for the Lee County Agri-center.”
Mitchell received his bachelor of science in Business and Organizational Leadership from Union University. A graduate of W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany, he attended Northeast Mississippi Community College on a football scholarship where he earned a degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration.
He earned an associate degree of divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He also attended the Eastern Academy of Scuba Education in Florida and is a certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors as a specialty instructor, a member of the Divers Alert Network and a First Response Primary and Secondary Care Instructor.
An Eagle Scout, Congressional Award Gold Medalist, and former 4-H All Star, Mitchell is married to his high school sweetheart, Heather Cooksey Mitchell, a teacher at North Pontotoc Elementary School. They have one son, Lane.
Mitchell says he enjoys adventure and outdoor activities and has been known to ride a bull on occasion.
Board of Supervisors President Bobby Smith says he looks forward to Mitchell working to help make the Agri-Center more self-sustaining.