The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) recently honored a pair of veteran university employees with two of its highest honors.
Southern Miss Dean of Students Dr. Eddie Holloway was named the AOP’s Educational Administrator of the Year and Sharon Hughes, coordinator of on-campus employment with the Southern Miss Office of Student Employment, was named the AOP’s Educational Office Professional of the Year.
A Hattiesburg native, Holloway earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Miss and is a member of its Alumni Hall of Fame. He is a former president of the Hattiesburg City Council, and has served in a variety of positions in his 20-plus years as an employee at the university, including as a counselor in the Southern Miss Counseling Center and as instructor of psychology.
This past spring he was chosen as the State Institutions of Higher Learning’s Black Educator of the Year, and last year was one of just 15 people from across the state chosen to serve on the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission. He is also member of various local, state and national boards and organizations
Holloway is frequently sought as a facilitator of workshops on leadership and drug and alcohol abuse prevention education across the country, and has completed numerous trainings in race relations and diversity, including A World of Difference, sponsored by The Anti-Defamation League. He has conducted training workshops on diversity for police departments, governmental services, school administrators and private industry.
Hughes, who was recently elected AOP treasurer for 2009-2010, has been a member of the Southern Miss staff for nearly 12 years, working primarily in the Office of Student Employment. She has served on the Staff Council and University Standards Committee, and has been an active member of the AOP since 2005; the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP) since 2006; and the National Association of Educational Office Professionals since 2008.
She has served as AOP secretary for the past two years, with her duties including editing the AOP newsletter, The Voice, and chairing the AOP Hospitality Committee. As a member of MAEOP, she has served on the Nominations and Elections Committee and the Workshop Committee.
During her tenure at Southern Miss, Hughes has worked on a variety of initiatives to help students secure employment, including through the development of an outreach work-study program for the City of Hattiesburg, working in conjunction with the offices of Financial Aid, the Controller’s Office and city administration. She has also assisted the School of Social Work’s Family Network Partnership in hiring work-study students.
Holloway and Hughes will be nominated for similar awards in November given by the Mississippi Association of Educational Professionals. Dr. Eddie Holloway, dean of students at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Sharon Hughes, coordinator of on-campus employment with the Southern Miss Office of Student Employment, were recently chosen Educational Administrator of the Year and Office Professional of the Year, respectively, by the Southern Miss Chapter of the Association of Office Professionals.
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.