University of Southern Mississippi Foundation executive committee
and new members of the board of directors took their posts July
1. The USM Foundation operates under the direction of a 39-member
board of directors, who are all volunteers. Thirteen new board members
are elected to a three-year term, and terms vary for executive committee
members. The USM Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation
that serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to Southern
The executive committee members include
Robert Toy McLaughlin '62, president
Robert Toy McLaughlin, a certified financial
planner of Birmingham, Ala., is president of Inverness Asset Management
A native of Clarksdale, McLaughlin is a 1962
Southern Miss graduate, who received a Bachelor of Science in business
administration. He is also a graduate of the Endowment Institute
of Harvard Business School and has completed advanced courses in
asset allocation, estate planning, business continuation and retirement
planning. He is also a licensed securities principal and has been
involved in the financial services profession for more than 25 years.
McLaughlin has served in many leadership capacities
at Southern Miss, including the Business Advisory Council for the
College of Business.
Dr. James H. Thompson Sr. '58, vice president
James Thompson Sr., chairman, president and
CEO of Healthmark Corp., serves a second term as vice president
of the board of directors. He will also serve as chair of the board's
Current Giving Committee.
An owner and manager of health care facilities,
Thompson graduated from Southern Miss in 1958 with a Bachelor of
Science in business administration with a major in marketing. He
also has earned a master's degree in hospital administration and
a doctorate of philosophy in health facilities management.
Thompson's past involvements in the health care
field have been in ownership, development, consulting and management
of health care facilities. A recipient of many honors and awards
for leadership ability and management accomplishments, Thompson
is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives
and a Fellow in the Royal Society of Health (England).
Thompson is married to the former Mary Margaret
Boone, a Hattiesburg native, who is a 1960 secretarial science graduate
of Southern Miss. They reside in Milton, Fla., and are the parents
of three children and four grandchildren.
Edna Rice Perkins '52, secretary
Edna Perkins of Lafayette, La., is a 1952 music
education graduate of Southern Miss. Perkins and husband Dave own
Specs Unlimited, a word processing/architectural consulting firm.
While she operates a word processing, secretarial and legal service,
her husband is a consulting architect.
In 1999 she established the Edna and Dave Perkins
Endowed Scholarship in Strings at and the Edna and Dave Perkins
Endowed Fund for Music Faculty Enhancement at The Foundation. She
is also a past member of the Partners for the Arts at Southern Miss.
Since 1963, Perkins has been a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an International
Music Fraternity for Women, where she has served as past president,
secretary and board member. She has also served on the board and
executive committee of the Acadiana Symphony Association and was
a board member of the Acadiana Symphony Foundation.
They are the parents of two sons -- Layne, who
lives in Birmingham, Ala., and Scott, an architect in Atlanta --
and two grandchildren.
E. Kelton Morris '60, treasurer
Kelton Morris, a retired executive vice president
of the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, earned a Bachelor of Science
in business administration in 1960.
While at Southern Miss, he was a member of many
organizations, including the Student Government Social Committee,
Scabbard & Blade, Senior ROTC, and Yellow Jackets. He was also
a cheerleader, held several positions in Kappa Sigma and was named
Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Morris is currently
a member of the Business Advisory Council of the College of Business
at Southern Miss. He will preside as chairman of the board's Finance
and Audit Committee.
Morris and his wife Barbara reside in Memphis.
They are the parents of two children.
Ralph T. Simmons '54, investment committee chair
Ralph Simmons, former vice president of Sunbeam,
earned a Bachelor of Science in personnel management at Southern
Miss. Simmons has received several service awards from the Alumni
Association, where he served as president from 1974-75 and was named
to the association's Hall of Fame in 1987.
A former board member, Simmons has established
the Linnie Cockrell and Colby D. Simmons Endowed Scholarship, the
Ralph T. Simmons Jones County Endowment and the Linnie Cockrell
Simmons Jasper County Scholarship at The Foundation. He is an active
community member and has been affiliated with the Jones/Smith County
Cancer Society, the Jones County Baptist Association, the Mississippi
Heart Association, the Salvation Army board and Kiwanis International.
Simmons is a member of the First Baptist Church
of Laurel, where he serves as deacon. He teaches a sanctuary Bible
class, which is broadcast on the radio and television.
Lamar A. Reynolds '66, policies, planning and
Lamar Reynolds of Hattiesburg 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, he has served as president
of Jackson's Big Gold Club and Eagle Club's district director. He
is also a member of the Honor Club and received an Outstanding Service
Award from the Southern Miss Alumni Association in 1989 and also
a 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 Managers Council.
Reynolds and his wife Janet live in Hattiesburg.
Dr. Beverly Ann Dale '68, member at large
Beverly Ann Dale is a retired director of business
development of Roche Molecular Systems Inc. at Pleasanton, Calif.
In 1968 she obtained a Bachelor of Science from Southern Miss in
While at Southern Miss, Dale was active in various
campus organizations, including Delta Delta Delta, the Women's Affairs
Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Druid Society, Phi Delta Rho, Pi Tau
Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Presidential Advisory Council, the Drawl and
a Top Twenty Beauty. A dean's and president's list scholar, Dale
was also named Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and
Dale and her husband Randy Hamilton reside in
Los Altos, Calif. She is the daughter of Margaret Dale of Hattiesburg
and the late John H. Dale.
Honorable James H.C. Thomas Jr., '61, Planned
The Honorable James Thomas, chancery judge of
the 10th Chancery Court District of Mississippi, was a 1961 graduate
of Southern Miss with a Bachelor of Science in history, earning
a juris doctorate in 1964 from Tulane University School of Law.
He was a practicing attorney in Hattiesburg for several years prior
to becoming a chancery judge in 1994.
An Honor Club member with The USM Foundation,
Thomas is also a member of the Eagle Club and Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He also serves on the executive board of Pine Burr Area Council,
Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Hattiesburg Lions Club.
He and his wife Betty, also a Southern Miss
graduate, reside in Hattiesburg. They are the parents of four children;
Son James Thomas III and daughter Susan Guy are Southern Miss graduates.
Melanie Hunsberger, immediate past president
Melanie Hunsberger of Tupelo ended her leadership
as president of the Foundation in 2004. A graduate of Millsaps College
in Jackson, Hunsberger grew up in Greenwood and Columbus. She has
formerly worked as an advertising representative for the Clarion-Ledger
and Florida Today/USA Today, Gannett newspapers. A former Hattiesburg
resident, she received an award from the mayor of Hattiesburg for
her volunteer work in the community. She also served as president
of the Hattiesburg Zoological Society.
Hunsberger's daughter Blythe graduated from
Southern Miss in 2003.
New appointments to the board include
Raymond Thomas "Tommy" Arnold, '57
Vicksburg native Tommy Arnold is chairman of
Virginia Homes Manufacturing Corp. in Boydton, Va. He is a 1957
graduate of Southern Miss, where he received a Bachelor of Science
in marketing management.
While at Southern Miss, he served as both senior
and junior class president, elections commissioner with the College
Union Board, president of Inter-Fraternity Council, pledge trainer
with Kappa Sigma fraternity, secretary for Delta Sigma Pi and was
a member of the Yellow Jackets and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also
named Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Arnold and his wife Janice reside in South Hill,
Garland "Buddy" Braswell, '61
Buddy Braswell works as an independent sales
contractor in Point Clear, Ala. He received a Bachelor of Science
in marketing management from Southern Miss in 1961. He is a member
of the Eagle Club and Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Braswell and his wife Kay, also a Southern Miss
graduate, are members of The USM Foundation Honor Club. They established
the Buddy and Kay Honeycutt Braswell Scholarship to be awarded annually
to a student majoring in accounting or marketing from Baldwin County,
The Braswells reside in Point Clear, Ala.
John Mitchell Deakle, '71
Attorney John Deakle of Deakle Law Firm in Hattiesburg
is a 1971 Southern Miss graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business
administration in personnel management. He received his juris doctorate
from Mississippi College in 1975. He is a member of The USM Foundation
Honor Club and a member of the Eagle Club Circle of Champions.
Deakle and his wife Gwen reside in Lumberton.
They are the parents of two children and two stepchildren.
Dr. Fred H. Drews III
Dr. Fred Drews III, a Hattiesburg dentist, attended
Southern Miss and graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry.
He is a member of the Southern Miss Eagle Club and a lifetime member
of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. He has practiced dentistry
in Hattiesburg for 32 years.
Drews' daughters, Kimberly and Katie, are both
Southern Miss graduates. He and his wife Bonnie reside in Hattiesburg.
His father, Fred H. Drews Jr. of Houston, Texas, is a member of
The USM Foundation Honor Club and established the Fred H. and Nadyne
M. Drews Endowed Scholarship in the College of Science and Technology.
Dr. William Gary Giles
Dr. Gary Giles, a retired orthopedic surgeon,
recently retired from the South Mississippi Orthopedic Clinic. He
is a 1956 graduate of Tulane University and received his medical
degree in 1964 from Louisiana State University Medical School.
He and his wife, retired cardiologist Dr. Hannelore
Giles, established the Dr. William G. Giles and Dr. Hannelore H.
Giles Presidential Scholarship in 2002, which provides 10 four-year
scholarships for freshmen entering Southern Miss' Honors College.
They are members of The USM Foundation Gallery of Benefactors.
Drs. William and Hannelore Giles reside in Hattiesburg.
They are the parents of three children; son Loren is a Southern
J. Todd Gregory, '81
Todd Gregory serves as vice president of the
South Central Rental Group at Cintas Corp. in Baton Rouge, La.
A 1981 graduate of Southern Miss, Gregory earned
a Bachelor of Science in business administration in personnel management.
He serves as 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.
Dr. James Michael "Mike" Herrington
Dr. Mike Herrington, a Hattiesburg Clinic physician,
received his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Mississippi
School of Medicine. He attended the summer program for gifted teens
at Southern Miss' Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, where
he now serves on the advisory council. He is also a member of The
USM Foundation Founders' Society and established the Frances A.
Karnes Endowed Chair.
Herrington is board certified in internal medicine,
hematology and oncology. He is a member of the American Medical
Association, Southern Mississippi Medical Society, Mississippi State
Medical Association and an associate member of the American College
He and his wife Jena reside in Hattiesburg.
Rickey Darnell Jones, '92
Rickey Jones, branch manager for Trustmark Bank
in Hattiesburg, received a bachelor's degree in coaching and sport
administration from Southern Miss in 1992. He also serves as a board
member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and is a member of
the Eagle Club and vice president of the Hardwood Club.
Jones is a trustee with 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
Jones resides in Hattiesburg.
Dr. David Byrd Moffett Jr., '58, '62
Dr. David Moffett, dean emeritus of Mississippi
State University-Meridian Campus, earned both bachelor's and master's
degrees in business administration from Southern Miss and a doctorate
in education in educational administration from Mississippi State
in 1972. He is a member of Kappa Sigma, Delta Sigma Phi, Rho Epsilon
and Omicron Delta Kappa.
In 1972 Moffett was named Mississippi State's
first dean of its Meridian campus and held that position until he
retired in 1998. He was instrumental in the campaign to finance
and build the $5.6 million campus in Meridian. He serves as professor
emeritus of educational leadership at MSU.
Moffett and his wife Towana reside in Laurel.
They have two sons.
Carl L. Nicholson Jr.
Carl Nicholson Jr. is a certified public accountant
and president of Nicholson & Company, PA in Hattiesburg, ranked
by the Mississippi Business Journal as the 13th largest CPA firm
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 was named the Alumni Friend of USM
Award in 1993.
Nicholson is also past president of the board
of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning for the State
of Mississippi and served as chairman of the Area Development Partnership
in Hattiesburg. He is a board member with Mississippi Technology
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 are all Southern Miss graduates.
William Kenneth "Ken" Stevens, '60
Ken Stevens is a member of Southgroup Insurance
Services in Hattiesburg, a privately held agency in Mississippi.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from
Southern Miss in 1960.
Stevens is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity,
Southern Miss Eagle Club and The USM Foundation Honor Club. He is
a former board member of The Foundation.
Stevens and his wife Virginia reside in Hattiesburg.
They are the parents of three children; daughter Tracy and son Joe
are Southern Miss graduates.
Dr. Thomas Terrell Tisdale, '60, '63, '73
Terrell Tisdale, Southern Miss' Legislative
liaison, is president emeritus of Jones County Junior College, 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, reside in Hattiesburg. They have
one son, James, who is also a Southern Miss graduate.
Edward A. "Ed" Williamson, '68
Edward A. "Ed" Williamson is the founder
of The Edward A. Williamson Law Firm in Philadelphia, Miss.
A Neshoba County native, Williamson earned a
Bachelor of Arts in political science at Southern Miss in 1968 and
a juris doctorate in 1973 from the University of Memphis, Cecil
C. Humphreys School of Law. He is also a former district attorney,
Mississippi Circuit Court Judge and a 1988 graduate of the National
A member of The USM Foundation Honor Club, Williamson
and wife Gloria established the Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial
Scholarship Fund for Nontraditional Students at Southern Miss in
memory of their daughter and her love for people.
Williamson's involvement at Southern Miss included
several positions at the Alumni Association, where he received the
Alumni Continuous Service Award in 1993 and the Alumni Outstanding
Service Award in 1990. He was elected to the U.S. Alumni Hall of
Fame in 2002.
Williamson has been president of the International
Alumni Association and president of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers
Association. He is also actively involved in several community and
The Williamsons reside in Philadelphia and are
the parents of four daughters. Their daughter Erin is a Southern