HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announces members
of its board of directors who are affiliated with the Jackson area.
New board members include Carthage native J.
Todd Gregory of Baton Rouge; Jackson native Rickey Jones of Hattiesburg;
former Institutions of Higher Learning board President Carl L. Nicholson
Jr. of Hattiesburg; and Southern Miss Legislative liaison Dr. T.
Terrell Tisdale. Lamar Reynolds, formerly of the St. Paul Companies
in Jackson, has been reappointed to serve a second term on the executive
committee as chair of the Policies, Planning and Bylaws. He previously
served as member at large of the board.
Gregory, vice president of the South Central
Rental Group at Cintas Corp. in Baton Rouge, is a 1981 graduate
of Southern Miss, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business
administration in personnel management. He is a member of the Business
Advisory Council for the College of Business and the College of
Business Partnership Society at Southern Miss. He has also participated
in the Eagle Club Golf Tournament.
In 2003 Gregory was appointed to serve on the
Executive Advisory Council at Berry College's Campbell School of
Business in Rome, Ga. He and his wife Ginger reside in Mandeville,
La. They are the parents of three children.
Jones, branch manager for Trustmark Bank in
Hattiesburg, received a bachelor's degree in coaching and sport
administration from Southern Miss in 1992. He serves as a board
member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and is a member of
the Eagle Club, the M Club and vice president of the Hardwood Club.
Jones is a trustee of Fairfield Missionary Baptist
Church in Jackson, a graduate of the Area Development Partnership's
Leaders for a New Century program, and a mentor and coach with the
Hub City Basketball League and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls
Nicholson is a certified public accountant and
president of Nicholson & Company, PA in Hattiesburg.
At Southern Miss, Nicholson serves on the Business
Advisory Council of the College of Business and is a member of The
USM Foundation Honor Club. He received the Alumni Friend of USM
Award in 1993. He has served as chairman of the Area Development
Partnership in Hattiesburg and is a board member with Mississippi
Technology Alliance. Nicholson's company was ranked as the 13th
largest CPA firm in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal
A Mississippi State University graduate, Nicholson
and his wife Martha reside in Hattiesburg. They are the parents
of five children -- Jeffrey Nicholson, Matt Morgan and Courtney
Morgan Gregory all are Southern Miss graduates.
Reynolds is retired from St. Paul Companies
in Jackson and The Reciprocal Group based in Richmond, Va. He is
a 1966 graduate of Southern Miss with a Bachelor of Arts in history
and German. While at Southern Miss, Reynolds was a member of Pi
Kappa Alpha, a dean's and president's list student and named Who's
Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
An avid Golden Eagle football supporter, Reynolds
has served as president of Jackson's Big Gold Club and Eagle Club's
district director. He is a member of The USM Foundation Honor Club
and received an Outstanding Service Award from the Southern Miss
Alumni Association in 1989 and Continuous Outstanding Service Award.
He was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1994. Reynolds served
as past secretary, vice president and president of the Jackson Claim
Reynolds and his wife Janet, live in Hattiesburg.
Tisdale, Southern Miss' Legislative liaison,
is president emeritus of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville,
where he served for 37 years before retiring in 1997.
Tisdale earned a bachelor's degree in history
and both master's and doctorate degrees in educational administration
and supervision from Southern Miss. He is a life member of the Southern
Miss Alumni Association, where he served on its board for four years.
He serves as an advisory board member with the College of Education
and Psychology and is a member of the Golden Eagle Advocacy Network.
Tisdale is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Phi
Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Mississippi Junior College
Association, the Mississippi Association of Educators, the American
Association of Junior Colleges and the Southern Association of Junior
Colleges. He is also an active member of several civic organizations.
He and his wife Martha, a Southern Miss graduate
and retired assistant professor, have one son, James, who is also
a Southern Miss graduate.
The USM Foundation operates under the direction
of a 39-member board of directors, who are all volunteers. Thirteen
new board members are elected each year, while13 end their three-year
term. The USM Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that
serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to Southern Miss.