Eight community leaders have joined the Partners for the Arts board
of directors for 2003-2004.
Tommy Thornton, Ted Webb, Holt McMullan, Gray Swoope, James Moore,
Marcia Hartwig and Cindy Sutherland, all of Hattiesburg, will assist
the board's newly elected chair, attorney James McKenzie, and sitting
board members in supporting the arts at The University of Southern
Southern Miss are extremely fortunate to have an organization totally
devoted to the arts and its outreach to our community," said
Suzanne Hirsch, development officer for the university's College
of Arts and Letters. "Together we have done things for both
Southern Miss students and the entire community that we otherwise
could not have accomplished."
sees this new set of board members, all proven leaders in the community,
as an asset to the organization.
is a compilation of citizens from many facets of the community that
brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization," Hirsch said.
"These new faces will add yet another perspective on how we
in the College can serve south Mississippi."
experience of the new board members joining McKenzie for the new
term of office is vast: Thomas, retired vice president of operations
for the Sunbeam Corporation; Thornton, executive director for Hattiesburg
Clinic, P.A.; Webb, president of BancorpSouth, Hattiesburg division;
McMullan, president, Trustmark Bank, Hattiesburg division; Swoope,
president, Area Development Partnership; Moore, owner, Moore's Bicycle
Shop; Hartwig, clinical psychologist at the Hattiesburg Clinic;
and Sutherland, community leader.
Partners for the Arts has supported wholeheartedly the arts programs
at Southern Miss. The organization was founded as an alliance between
the community and the university to enhance the arts in Hattiesburg
and surrounding areas. Recently, the organization restructured its
role with the university.
our inception, the Partners' role was limited to supplying funding
for events and programs that mainly benefited its members and the
community-at-large," said Nancy Guice of Laurel, immediate
past chair of the advisory board for Partners. "Having seen
firsthand the exceptional programs offered here and having been
privy to the many talents of the faculty and students, we have adjusted
our role to better serve the arts and their educational outreach
the new plan allows for a more streamlined approach for fund raising
that will "provide better visibility for all arts programs
and relieve the community of the constant pressure to support numerous
After 12 months
of planning, the Partners advisory board voted on April 9 to approve
the plan, thereby becoming the umbrella fund-raising organization
for Southern Miss' arts programs. Freedom of choice played a crucial
role in the adoption of this plan.
this means is that Partners for the Arts will serve the arts as
the Eagle Club serves athletics," Guice said during a news
conference held May 1 to announce the new structure. "Any sponsorship
to the arts during the academic year of August to May will automatically
make the donor a Partner at levels designated by the amount of the
For the 2003-04
membership year, the Partners gala event October 24, 2003, will
feature Grammy Award-winning artist Kathy Mattea in concert. In
addition, Partners will collaborate with the Southern Miss arts
areas in hosting guest artists such as The Actors Gang of Los Angeles,
the Shapiro and Smith Dance Company, visual artists Ed McGowin and
Thornton Willis and the Jazz Reach Metta Quintet.
will these events be great arts events for all of us to attend,
but will include performances and educational opportunities for
local K-12 schools and our own university students," Hirsch
The 2003-04 Partners for the Arts membership campaign is currently
under way through October. For more information, contact the College
of Arts and Letters at (601) 266-5922 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.