A gift from Joseph F. Boardman will help to fund scholarships in honor of his wife and two daughters at The University of Southern Mississippi in the College of Business, College of Arts and Letters and College of Health.
“Education is something that is very important to me and to my family,” said Boardman. “The more scholarships we can provide, the more opportunities we give to students in need. Giving the gift of education is the right thing to do for those who have the means.”
Boardman, a 1953 graduate of the College of Business at Southern Miss, has remained connected to his alma mater through both his generosity and service. He served as president of the Southern Miss Alumni Association from 1986-87 and served multiple terms as a member of the USM Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he served 18 years on the Harrison County Development Commission. In 1972 he was elected to the Hancock Bank Advisory Board, and has since served as a member of the Hancock Bank Board of Directors, including as its chairman.
In 1957, Boardman married lifelong friend Betty Green, who was working at the time as a nurse at the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. She continued her nursing career until she retired in 1958 to raise her family. To honor his wife, Boardman has established the Betty Green Boardman School of Nursing Scholarship Endowment at Southern Miss. The recipient of the scholarship will be a student majoring in nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
“Betty was very dedicated to her profession in nursing,” said Boardman. “It is most appropriate that I honor her continued caring nature with a scholarship in nursing.”
In honor of his youngest daughter, Joli Boardman Pecht, Boardman established the Joli Boardman Pecht College of Business Scholarship Endowment. Pecht graduated from Southern Miss with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1983. After receiving her master of business administration and juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi, Pecht moved to Houston and joined the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski. She resides in Houston with her husband, where she is currently the assistant general counsel at MAXXAM Inc.
The Joli Boardman Pecht College of Business Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior enrolled in the College of Business with a minimum 3.0 GPA. “The education and life experiences I had at Southern Miss have had lasting benefits for me,” said Pecht. “I am hopeful that the scholarship will help young people reach their educational goals.”
Boardman’s oldest daughter, Jane Boardman Seal, always had a passion for art. After graduating from Mississippi University for Women in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in commercial art, Seal spent three years working for Congressman Trent Lott in Washington, D.C. In 2000, Seal earned her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of West Florida and is an art teacher at S.S. Dixon Primary School in Pace, Fla.
“Art education allows me to share my love of art with my students, to enable them to explore the many materials and methods of creating, and to open their eyes to some of the ways art impacts them, from world cultures to book illustrations,” said Seal.
Because of Seal’s dedication to art education, her father has established the Jane Boardman Seal Art Education Scholarship Endowment at Southern Miss. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in art education with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
“Joe Boardman’s loyalty to Southern Miss is truly inspiring,” said Southern Miss President Emeritus Dr. Aubrey Lucas. “Ella and I treasure our friendship with Joe and Betty and remember with pleasure having their daughter Joli here as a student. These generous scholarships honor three really fine people and will benefit students through the years.”
From left: Joli Boardman Pecht, Janie Boardman Seal, Betty Boardman and Joe Boardman, Jr., including more than 500 graduate students. It is served by nearly 200 faculty members. (Submitted photo)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.