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.