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3/6/2015 - Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 432 of the Education and Research Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Mississippi, 39211. Members of the Board may participate in the meeting via teleconference. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Mississippi Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board was recently expanded from a three-member board to a nine-member board. The Postsecondary Board has authority over all state student financial aid programs, which include undergraduate and graduate grant and forgivable loan programs. Public, private, two-year and four-year college students in Mississippi may be eligible for state aid.

The members of the Board include:

  • Dr. Ben Burnett, Dean, School of Education, William Carey University
    • MAICU Association Representative
  • Lee Bush, President & CEO, NCS/WastePro
    • MCCB Board Representative
  • Mack Grubbs, Mack Grubbs Motors
    • Lieutenant Governor's Representative
  • Dr. Cynthia Melvin, VP of Finance and Administration, Tougaloo College
    • MAICU Institutional Representative
  • Dr. Al Rankins, President, Alcorn State University
    • IHL Institutional Representative
  • Sharon Ross, External Relations Manager, Mississippi Center for Public Policy
    • Governor's Representative
  • C.D. Smith, Regional Director, AT&T Mississippi
    • IHL Board Representative
  • Dr. Jim Turcotte, VP of Enrollment Management, Mississippi College
    • Governor's Representative
  • Mr. Bob Walker, Director of Financial Aid, Itawamba Community College
    • MCCB Institutional Representative

Representative Nolan Mettetal, Chair of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, and Senator John Polk, Chair of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee, serve on the Board as Advisory Members.

The Director of the Postsecondary Board is appointed by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, which governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.


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