Bill Ward '68
Bill Ward '68 recently received the 2017 H. Chester Webb Award from The Alabama Trucking Association for his outstanding service to the state's trucking industry. 
Kevin Gilbert
Kevin Gilbert '94, '96 serves as president for the Mississippi Association of Educators.
Hanford Dixon
When 18-year-old Hanford Dixon first arrived on the Hattiesburg Campus in August of 1977, few people believed that the 6-foot, 170-pound freshman had much of a chance to garner playing time.
United States Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, a former student-athlete and football standout, is joining the Golden Eagle athletic staff as a Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
On Founders' Day, March 30, the anonymous donor for the Centennial Gateway was revealed—the Edward J. Langton Family.
Assistant Athletic Trainer Kevin Mangum has been on the staff of the New Orleans Saints for nearly 30 years.
In his 19th NFL season, Brett Favre has enjoyed a career year with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre leads the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game versus the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. James Poss is the Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Former Golden Eagle tight end Shawn Nelson wasted little time making an impact in the NFL as he caught a touchdown pass for the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter of his first game.

New England Patriot Adalius Thomas '99 looks to rebound in 2009 after an injury cut short his 2008 season. Thomas is entering his 10th NFL season.
Former Golden Eagle and Tennessee Titans' rookie Gerald McRath '07 has made a team-high 16 tackles in his first three preseason games.
John Bale, who played for the Golden Eagles in 1995 and 1996, is a relief pitcher with the Kansas City Royals.
Former Golden Eagle second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a two-run, game-winning single in his Major League Baseball debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
A veteran New York television journalist, Chuck Scarborough '69 celebrated his 35th anniversary with NBC4 on March 25, 2009.
In an intensive four-hour, 10-day class schedule alumnus David Sheffield showed students the finer points of writing a script, while also sharing “war stories” from his days writing for Saturday Night Live.
As director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Gail Megason is responsible for providing hope to children battling cancer.

Melissa Birdsong's ability to create spaces that are elegant and functional has led to an outstanding career with Lowe’s.
Stacey Donaldson, a Murrah High School English teacher, was named 2009 Mississippi Teacher of the Year at a luncheon held in Jackson.
You can track the progress of former Golden Eagle Steve Wilson through as he plays in The Masters golf tournament.
As the host of Opry Live, Nan Kelley is a fixture on one of the most popular and longest-running shows in television.
Tom "Bones" Malone plays trombone, trumpet, bass trombone, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, piccolo and alto flute on the "LATE SHOW with David Letterman."
Lt. Gen. Michael W. Peterson is Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Southern Miss alumna Cat Cora '90 will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Wednesday, March 11, as she gives time-saving tips to create healthy meals at home.
Former Golden Eagle linebacker Michael Boley has signed a five-year contract with the NFL's New York Giants.
Life Member Margaret Loesch is the executive producer of "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" currently airing on TNT.
Entrepreneur Abe Hudson '98 was the featured presenter for the University’s annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture.
Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis has the Lady Eagle basketball team on top of the Conference USA standings.
Former Golden Eagle Jeremy Parquet is an offensive lineman for the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Justice Randy "Bubba" Pierce took the oath of office to the Mississippi Supreme Court on Jan. 5.
Jim Kitchens '64 took the oath of office to the Mississippi Supreme Court on Jan. 5.
Jim Carlson is serving in a key position and advancing one of world’s most respected international honor societies.
Charles Thomas’ service to his community has enhanced the lives of countless people, many of them Golden Eagles associated with the arts.
Kansas City's Patrick Surtain intercepted his first pass of the season on Sunday in the Chiefs' game against San Diego.
In 2005, Bruce Rossmeyer opened the world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealership at Destination Daytona.
In 1977, May Lewis Poetter retired from teaching to help her daughter, Paula, launch the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
W.A. Payne learned the value of hard work from his mother and father, who were civil servants, and the Hattiesburg native exhibited the traits of a successful entrepreneur from an early age.
Southern Miss and education are lifelong commitments for Ken McCarty, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from The University of Southern Mississippi.
From 1979 to 1982, Reggie Collier dazzled Southern Miss fans as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks.
There are few producers in the music industry with a body of work that greatly exceeds that of Grammy nominee Tena Clark.
Former Golden Eagle baseball standout Chad Bradford is a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jeremy Bridges has started the past three games at right tackle for the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The Panthers improved to 5-2 with a victory on Oct. 19.
Cat Cora made television history on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and only female Iron Chef.
Michael Boley's fourth-quarter interception helped the Atlanta Falcons to a win on Sunday over the Green Bay Packers.
Brett Favre threw for a career-high six touchdown passes as the New York Jets picked up their second win of the NFL season on Sunday.
Alumna Lou Ann Poynter has been honored as the College of Business' 2008 Distinguished Alumna.
With his win in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Final, Steve Wilson earned a probable invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.
Former Southern Miss standout Adalius Thomas had five tackles and one sack, as the New England Patriots won their season-opener, 17-10, over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lori Woodruff has been named deputy administrator for operations over the Division of Family and Children’s Services for the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Dr. Hank Bounds will be honored by the College of Education and Psychology as its first Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
State Sen. Tom King is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame and the chair of the Mississippi Senate's Highways and Transportation Committee.
Dr. Hank Bounds is entering his fourth year as State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi.
Director of Athletics Richard Giannini has announced that this fall Reggie Collier's No. 10 will become the third Southern Miss football jersey to be retired.
Pro Bowler Adalius Thomas is entering his second season with the NFL's New England Patriots.
Judge David Ishee has served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals since 2004 when he was appointed to the bench by Governor Haley Barbour.
Dr. Douglas W. Rouse represents the 2nd (Southern) Supreme Court District on the Mississippi Board of Trustees State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Alumni Association member Cedric Norman finished fourth in the high jump competition at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials on Saturday.
Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett '69 has released a special new music video DVD, "Scenes You Know By Heart."
A veteran New York television journalist, Chuck Scarborough celebrated his 34th anniversary with News 4 New York on March 25, 2008.
In 17 Major League Baseball postseason appearances, the former Golden Eagle and current reliever for the Baltimore Orioles has yet to allow a run.
Tom "Bones" Malone is a member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the "Late Show with David Letterman."
Sen. Billy Hewes III currently represents District 49 in Harrison County and serves as President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate.
Head baseball coach Corky Palmer has led the Golden Eagles to a school-record, sixth-straight NCAA Regional Tournament appearance.
Southern Miss alumnus Charles Atwood is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
Dr. Alvin Williams will retire June 30 following a career that began at Southern Miss, first as a student, and finally, as professor and interim dean of the College of Business.
The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2008 season with former Golden Eagle pitcher Bob McCrory.
Chevron Corp. has announced Southern Miss alumnus Louis Ehrlich will become president of Chevron Information Technology and chief information officer.
Jason Wold is the project executive for the highly anticipated development, Margaritaville Casino & Resort, in Biloxi.
Gene Klos is a board member for the Pensacola Chapter, district director of the Southern Miss Eagle Club for Northwest Florida and a Life Member of the Alumni Association.
Phil Bryant currently serves the state at Mississippi’s lieutenant governor.
Legendary quarterback Brett Favre has announced his retirement from the National Football League.
Mick Bullock is currently serving as Director of Communications for another Southern Miss alumnus, Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant.
After graduating magna cum laude from Southern Miss, Mike Ratliff ’78 received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.
A Life Member of the Alumni Association Lamar Reynolds ’66 is a faithful supporter of Southern Miss athletics.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, a former Golden Eagle quarterback, is currently the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad.
A retired Mississippi Power executive, Rex Kelly ’80 has put an abundance of energy into enhancing his home state and his alma mater.
Adalius Thomas and his New England Patriot teammates will try to complete a perfect season on Feb. 3, when they face the New York Giants.
The Weather Channel has announced Natalie Allen ’84 as the newest member of its multi-platform Climate Initiative team.
Todd Gremillion has been a driving force behind the revitalization of the NOLA Alumni Chapter since Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Reginald M. Houze’s ’00 contributions to Southern Miss music have made a memorable impact on the University.
Of all Southern Miss alumni to advance to basketball’s highest level, no other has attained the status of Clarence Weatherspoon.
A life-long resident of Hattiesburg, Jon Mark Weathers’ contributions to the community and The University of Southern Mississippi are extensive.
Tom Potter has been committed to the success of Southern Miss since receiving his degree in business administration in 1964.
Bill Phalen has grown Phoenix-based Cities West Publishing into an enterprise that produces a pair of the best regional magazines in the country.
Lynn McLelland has shown her dedication to Southern Miss through various occupational and altruistic efforts.
James Hutto is currently superintendent of the Petal School District, a position he has held since 1998.
Bruce Aust, executive vice president of NASDAQ, is the College of Business’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. He returned to his alma mater to speak to students and faculty.
A former student, employee and current supporter of Southern Miss, Sam Clinton has made valuable contributions to the success of the University.
Saxophone player Tom Luer '99 is touring with Queen Latifah to promote her new album Travlin' Light, which hit stores on September 25.
Pulitzer-Prize winner Ted Jackson is one of six Southern Miss alumni who will be inducted into the School of Mass Communication and Journalism's Hall of Fame this week.
Alumna Vanessa Murphree shows how public relations tactics were crucial to the success of the Civil Rigts Movement to bring about racial justice in her new book.
Southern Miss alumna Bonnie Purvis Warren has been re-elected national president of Kappa Delta Sorority during the organization's 2007 convention.
Lisa Easterling’s New Orleans home was untouched by the catastrophic flood waters that poured into the city after Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge breached several levees.
While Oscar Leal is as comfortable whether he’s playing cello or working in the south Mississippi banking industry, his road seemed an unlikely path from his native Mexico.
As a young girl in Biloxi, Stephanie Williams ’91 spent most of her time singing, dancing and playing the piano.
Advertising executive Walt Denton has launched a new advertising and public relations agency in Biloxi.
Mike Sumrall ’79 has retired from his post as Forrest County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer.
Tena Clark's musical expertise has resulted in gold-and platinum-selling songs she has penned for many of the music industry's leading artists.
Sally-Ann Roberts Craft's interest in broadcasting was formed in her childhood when she witnessed a positive role model in her own community.
Cat Cora has made television history on the Food Network's Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and Bon Appetit magazine has bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award.
An Alumni Association constituent society has honored Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge L. Joseph Lee as the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Public Servant Award.
Tom "Bones" Malone can be found each night on "The Late Show with David Letterman," playing a variety of horn instruments.
The British Columbia Lions, a Canadian Football League franchise, has looked to alumnus Jason Jiminez to take the team to higher levels.
Nan Kelley '88, a former Miss Mississippi and a Hattiesburg native, is the television host of Great American Country's Grand Ole Opry Live.
A veteran journalism educator and administrator at Southern Miss has been selected as the new dean of the Honors College.
Doug and Susan Williams operate Country Originals, which Entrepreneur has called, “one of the country’s brightest success stories.”
Southern Miss alumnus Danny McNease has served in a variety of roles with Rowan Companies inc. for more than 30 years.
Ben Bulot ’02 has created, a Safe Teen Driver Program that he believes will help reduce teen auto accidents and fatalities.
Southern Miss alumnus Danny Mitchell ’70, ’71 was one of four top business executives recently inducted into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.
In light of his position as NASDAQ’s executive vice president of the Corporate Client Group, one might suspect that Bruce Aust’s academic career was all business.
CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch, a Southern Miss alumna, will be the featured speaker for Commencement ceremonies in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast this week.
Thomas, an All-Pro linebacker, signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots last month. He is a former C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Angie Cognevich ’92, '94 has been elected secretary / treasurer of the Southern Economic Development Council.
Mac Deaver ’76 is the 2006-07 chairman of the State Association Division of the American Bankers Association.
Zach Patterson ’74 is aware—his election as mayor of McComb is one for the history books.
A Life Member of the Alumni Association, Frank Brown ’63 turned to a career in higher education following work in private industry for several years.
After 34 years of active military service Maj. Gen. Bill Nance was not ready to settle into retired life. Instead, Nance put his experience to use at Cypress International.
Dr. Juanita Sims Doty ’73 is the 23rd southeastern regional director of the nation’s first black Greek-lettered organization founded by women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Today, Donna Styles serves as chief of staff, Navy Medicine National Capital area, at Bethesda Medical Center, but she can recall two decades earlier when she entered Southern Miss as a young widow and single parent.
Armed with an extensive background in news reporting, Gracie Bonds Staples is certain her writing does not fit the traditional critical view of lifestyles reporting as “fluff.”
After more than 50 years of association with the University, Ralph Simmons’s dedication to Southern Miss is a strong as ever.
Originally from Ghent, N.Y., Dean Bertram has made Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi his home since he graduated high school in 1988.
Doug and Lynn McLelland have never tired of giving their time to the University. In 2006, the Alumni Association awarded the couple a Special Service Award.
Through his work with the Area Development Partnership, Richard L. Jones has helped bring Southern Miss to a new level.
Moran M. “Randy” Pope III’s dedication to The University of Southern Mississippi has remained steady since his time as a student on campus.
Ed Langton is currently chairman of the board and CEO for Grand Bank of Hattiesburg. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Mortgage Funding Corporation.
As a past president and Life Member of the Alumni Association, Robert Ingram’s love and dedication to the University comes as no surprise.
Joe Sullivan was an active student while getting his degree from Southern Miss and he has not stopped supporting the University.
Hattiesburg native and Sumrall resident Susan Riley did not have to look far when she chose to attend Southern Miss as a student and her ties to the University have remained strong.
Kristi Pierce’s dedication to the University and the Alumni Association has been unwavering since she returned to Hattiesburg in 1998.
Troy Odom '98 built on his undergraduate education at Southern Miss by graduating cum laude from law school and building his law practice in Jackson.
As a student, Meinrad “Rad” Lang proved he had what it took to take Southern Miss to the Top! As an alumnus, he has continued to serve the University with that same dedication.
Marcus Kincaid has set an outstanding example for young alumni by keeping close ties to the University in the immediate years since his graduation.
Paige Howell’s enthusiasm for The University of Southern Mississippi may be unmatched. In fact, he has attended every Golden Eagle football game at “The Rock” since 1970.
As the longest serving member of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Chief Justice James Smith has been a key player in shaping the lives of Southern Miss alumni and thousands of other Mississippians for more than a decade.
As a Life Member of the Association, Liz Payne has shown her pride for the Southern Miss community through many philanthropic efforts.
Carlton “Corky” Palmer’s commitment and service to Southern Miss is immeasurable. He became head baseball coach in 1997.
Danny Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss in 1970 and his master’s degree in public relations a year later.
For more than 20 years, thousands of Southern Miss alumni have turned to Ricky Mathews and his publications as their source for news.
Mark Cumbest is the broker-owner of Cumbest Realty, Inc., a company he started in 1975 after graduating from Southern Miss.
Moss Point native Wayne Adkison returned to his hometown to open his dental practice, but Hattiesburg and Southern Miss still hold a special place in his heart.
Gulfport native Alan Weatherford ’05 joined the Gulfport Police Department in 1987. Today, he is the city’s chief of police.
Tupelo native Bob Baughn ’69, ’71 is chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.
Biloxi native Larry Barnett ’78 is the director of the Harrison County Development Commission.
The Mississippi Bankers Association has elected Jackson native Harry M. Walker ’72 to serve as their 2006-2007 chairman.
When Wiggins, Miss., native Kelly Bond stepped onto the campus as a freshman, she had but one desire – to become a dancer.
Bruce Rossmeyer, the College of Business' 2003 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, is the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealer.
Former Golden Eagle linebacker Rod Davis, a 2003 graduate of the University, is entering his third season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Natalie Prescott is a long way from her native Odessa, Ukraine, and when she came to the United States, the language barrier presented a challenge.
Molly Thomas '93 will appear with country-folk singer Todd Snider on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno on Wednesday, August 9.
Relief pitcher Chad Bradford, a Southern Miss alumnus, is doing his part as the New York Mets are in first place and cruising to the playoffs.
Emmy award-winning anchor and correspondent Chuck Scarborough is co-anchor of New York's No. 1 rated "NewsChannel 4 at 11 p.m." and also serves as co-anchor of "NewsChannel 4 at 6 p.m."
When Joye Lee-McNelis was introduced as the new head coach at Southern Miss, she made sure to emphasize the passion she had for the women's basketball program.
That Rosemary Aultman has embraced a leadership role in The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association should come as no surprise.
Jason Dean '93, who joined the Association's Board of Directors on July 1, has been named a White House Fellow.
The Southeastern Council of Foundations has elected Dr. Ted J. Alexander ’73, CEO of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, as a member of their board of trustees.
Harriet Laird ’86, ’87 of Clinton has been named corporate communications coordinator for Nissan North America in Canton.
When Chuck Blackwell ’86 debuts new artwork, on occasion 100 million people get the chance to see it, all at one time.
Hattiesburg native Mike Lucius ’81 currently serves as director of the Office of Bond Advisory within the Department of Finance and Administration.
Donn Mitchell ’90 has been named chief financial officer for Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. With his new title, Mitchell also serves as senior vice president and treasurer of the company.
Bill Maguire ’75 has been named chief information officer of airline start-up Virgin America Inc.
Col. James O. Poss ’82 has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force.
Since childhood, Tim Isbell has been fascinated by photography and Civil War history.
Molly Thomas' album “Shoot The Sky” is available for purchase, but after a moment’s conversation, you’ll learn that the songwriter's music is not for sale.
Brett Favre has told the Green Bay Packers he will return to play this year. He ranks second on the NFL's career list in touchdown passes (396), yards passing (53,615) and completions (4,678).
CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch will return to Hattiesburg for a showing of a recent documentary about her hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
It was a banner season for the Chicago White Sox in 2005, as the second city’s second most popular team won the World Series for the first time in more than 75 years.
Abigail Bourgeois Rogers provides an invaluable service to mentally challenged children and adults through the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp, which she founded 44 years ago.
Curt Hébert Jr.’s commitment to The University of Southern Mississippi can be measured in the active role he has played assisting the University since his graduation in 1985.
As co-anchor of Eyewitness Morning News for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Sally-Ann Roberts Craft delivers the news efficiently and eloquently to one of the nation’s largest and busiest cities.
More than three decades after graduating from a university for the first time, Dr. Martha Dunagin Saunders ’69 is now in charge of one.
Biloxi banker Chevis C. Swetman '69, '75 has been honored as 2005 Community Banker of the Year by American Banker magazine.
A Biloxi native, Jeff O’Keefe ’83 has called the Gulf Coast home since he was a young child, and South Mississippi has been the beneficiary.
As state senator for the 44th Mississippi Senate District, which includes Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties, Sen. Tom King '73 continues to work for The University of Southern Mississippi.
Ricky Mathews is Publisher and President of The Sun Herald. Perhaps most notable, however, is Mathews’ efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
Ed Langton is currently chairman of the board and CEO for Grand Bank of Hattiesburg.
Real estate business is good across the Gulf Coast, but that is not necessarily a good thing, according to realtor Mark Cumbest, owner of Cumbest Realty, Inc.
After the initial shock of Hurricane Katrina had subsided, the question on the minds of many residents of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was, “When will the power come back on?”
When a smiling Dr. Pat Joachim came out of retirement in August to lead the Gulf Coast campus and teaching sites as associate provost, she did so with the idea that the operation’s goals would be straightforward.
Natalie Allen has been a broadcast journalist for 23 years at both the national and local levels, working as an award-winning correspondent, news anchor, producer, writer, copy editor, photographer and videotape editor.
When Bonnie Purvis first came to Mississippi Southern College she was a virtual unknown on campus. By the time she graduated, she was likely the most popular girl in Hattiesburg.
In high school, Hank Bounds ’91 was Mr. Forrest County AHS, an honor based largely on his popularity among his classmates. Today, Hank Bounds holds another title: Mississippi’s state superintendent of education.
Unlike today’s high school graduates, James V. “Robbie” Robinson Jr. ’54 had to plow with a mule and pick cotton during his early school years.