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2/21/2018 - Jackson, Miss.

Outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges were honored at the annual HEADWAE program, held yesterday in Jackson. Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state's public and private institutions of higher learning.

Governor Phil Bryant delivered the keynote address at the luncheon and received a plaque from the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities and the HEADWAE Steering Committee recognizing his support of the program.

The plaque reads:

Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence
Presented to
The Honorable Phil Bryant
State of Mississippi
In Appreciation of your Support and Commitment to Higher Education and the HEADWAE Program
The Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities and the HEADWAE Steering Committee
February 20, 2018

Governor Bryant has led Mississippi in implementing transformational public education reforms, promoting economic development and building a competitive business climate that attracts major employers like Yokohama Tire Corporation and Continental Tire. Under Governor Bryant's administration, more than 60,000 jobs have been announced, and unemployment has reached record lows.

The honorees began the day with a visit to the State Capitol where they were greeted by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives and given a tour of the Capitol. At the awards luncheon, each honoree was received an award recognizing their excellence and accomplishments in the classroom and beyond.

Corporate sponsors for the HEADWAE program include: Atmos Energy; AT&T Mississippi; BancorpSouth; Chevron Products Company; ERGON; Georgia Pacific (KOCH); Huntington-Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mississippi National Guard; Mississippi Power Company; Sanderson Farms; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc.; Trustmark National Bank; and Valley Services, Inc.

Click here for a list of 2017-18 HEADWAE honorees.

Governor Phil Bryant (second from right) receives a plague in appreciation of his ongoing support for the HEADWAE program from (l-r) Dr. Beverly Hogan, President of Tougaloo College and President, Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities; Gloria Miller, Director of Student Services, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, HEADWAE Coordinator/Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. (Photo Credit: Tammi Bowles, Hinds Community College)


The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning 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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