Mississippi Public Universities
Karen L. Cummins, Board Member

Ms. Karen Cummins was appointed to the Board by Governor Phil Bryant in May 2012 to represent the Third (Northern) Supreme Court District for a term to expire May 7, 2021.

Ms. Cummins has served as a Vice-President for Atmos Energy since 2012. She is responsible for operations in the Northern Region which includes the Delta region, the Southaven District and the Columbus and Tupelo areas. Cummins began her career with Atmos as a local office clerk in 1979 and progressed through administrative, marketing, and operations teams before assuming her current duties.

Cummins holds a bachelor's degree in education from Delta State University and an associate degree in business from Mississippi Delta Community College.

Cummins was born in Indianola, Miss. and spent her childhood in Inverness, Miss., where she lived until graduating from college. After moving to DeSoto County in 1997, she became actively involved in the community.

She is a past chairman of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council and currently serves on the board and volunteers with the organization on both the governmental relations and industrial relations committees. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board for Baptist Memorial Hospital and is a member of DeSoto County Business Women. She is a March of Dimes volunteer.

Cummins is a past board member of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, the Southaven Main Street Association and the North Mississippi Homebuilders Association. She has volunteered with the House of Grace domestic violence shelter in DeSoto County and the Jesse Brent Memorial Boat Racing association in Greenville to benefit the Mississippi Firefighters Burn Unit.

She and her husband, Billy Wayne Cummins, reside in Oakland.

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