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Released May 6, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- Three University of Southern Mississippi alumni have recently been elected officers of the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economic Development (CBED) and four other individuals have been named members of the advisory council.

Harry Walker, president and chief operating officer of Trustmark National Bank of Jackson, has been elected as chair and will serve along with other officers Tom McDonnell, vice chair, and Donn R. Mitchell II, secretary-treasurer. The officers were elected during the group's spring meeting April 1-2 in Gulfport.

Walker has been a member of the advisory council for a number of years and was named as the CBED's Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from Southern Miss in 1972.

McDonnell is chief executive officer of Jackson-based U-Save Auto Rental of America Inc. He holds a bachelor's in business administration with an emphasis in personnel management from Southern Miss. Founded in 1979, U-Save Auto Rental has more than 400 locations with more than 12,000 vehicles available for rent.

Mitchell is vice president of property finance for Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. in Biloxi and is a 1990 graduate of Southern Miss with a degree in business administration. His responsibilities include overseeing the financial operations of the company's 12 casino properties.

In addition, these four new members joined the advisory group.

• Greg Cronin, of Biloxi, is chief executive officer of SouthTrust Bank, South Mississippi. Cronin joined SouthTrust in 1994 and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi School of Banking.

• Hugh J. Parker, president of Horne CPA Group in Jackson, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Miss and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Parker directs Horne CPA Group's operations, human resources, marketing and strategic planning.

• Todd Gregory, vice president of CINTAS Corporation's South Central Group in Baton Rouge, La., holds a degree in personnel management from Southern Miss. Gregory joined CINTAS in 1982 and was named to his current position in 2000.

• Tedd J. Webb Jr., president of the Hattiesburg division of BancorpSouth, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He serves on the board of directors for the Area Development Partnership, the Greater Hattiesburg Area Foundation and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

The Business Advisory Council is composed of approximately 80 business leaders from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Illinois, California and Colorado. The BAC annually supports several of the CBED initiatives including a number of undergraduate scholarships, several faculty research scholarships and the Executives-on-Campus lecture series in which students hear directly from business executives in the classroom each semester.

For more information about the Business Advisory Council, contact Emile Dieth, CBED development officer, at (601) 266-6824.


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May 14, 2004 11:18 AM