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.
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.
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
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.
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.
these four new members joined the advisory group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.