Alumni Advisory Board
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Dr. J. Steven Blake (BA chemistry ’80) is a physician and owner of Blake Gastroenterology Associates, LLC in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the current chair of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Board.
Mr. Bradford Cobb (BA English ’96) is a partner at Direct Management Group, an internationally successful music management company in Los Angeles. Named Billboard Magazine’s 2013 ‘40 Under 40’ list, Bradford manages the careers of Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, K. D. Lang, the B-52s among others.
Dr. Mark H Craig (BA physics ’86) is a plastic surgeon in Tupelo, Mississippi, and has been Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and on the Board of Directors at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Mike Edmonds (BA speech and theatre ’84; MEd education with emphasis in higher education and student personnel ’85; PhD in education ’90) is Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mr. Robert Harper (BA English ’77; JD ’80) has been in private law practice for over 25 years in the Memphis area. He has also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard.
Mr. Russell Hensley (BA political science ’78) was managing partner of The Bogatin Law Firm then served as CEO of The Hartwell Foundation Corporation based in Memphis, which grants awards to individuals for innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research that will potentially benefit children.
Mr. John Jacobson (BA English and philosophy ’87) is a founding member of the law firm, Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC in Nashville, and has served as the managing partner for the firm for more than 20 years.
Dr. Gary McGaha (PhD political science ’76) is newly retired after serving as president of Atlanta Metropolitan College since 2007, with a career in higher education in the University System of Georgia that spans more than 25 years.
Mr. Steve McKinney (BA economics and political science ’76) is a retired environmental attorney who was with the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Balch & Bingham’s.
Mr. Johnny McRight (BS biology and chemistry ’73; MCS biology ’75) owns and operates DeltAg (formerly McRight Services, LLC), which formulates and manufactures a complete line of crop biostimulants and micronutrients for agriculture.
Mrs. Marilyn Hall Mulherin (BA English ’78) is an accomplished artist who lives in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Darden H. North (BA zoology ’78; MD ’82) has practiced obstetrics and gynecology for nearly 35 years at Jackson Healthcare for Women in Flowood, Mississippi. A native of the Mississippi Delta, he is a nationally-awarded author of multiple mystery and thriller novels.
Mrs. Gail Russell (BA political science ’76) is a partner with the Louisville, Kentucky, law firm Goldberg Simpson where her main areas of practice are bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights. She is both politically active with state and national Republican Party and is active in many organizations in the Louisville community.
Mrs. Frances Permenter Smith (BA sociology ’74) was a public relations executive in a variety of public and private settings particularly in the communications industry, serving as Director of External Affairs for Comcast before she retired. She was twice named Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators and Top 50 Businesswomen in Mississippi.
Mr. Sanford Thomas (BA psychology ’78) earned a law degree then became a financial services professional. He is owner and president of Sanford Thomas Investing.
Mrs. Leah Thomson (BA English ’84) is a real estate investor at TDL Investments, LLC, serves on the board of directors of a tutoring and mentoring program for youth in the Atlanta area and in her spare time is a passionate volunteer at a local humane society near Peachtree City, GA, where she and her husband reside.
Mr. Al Williams (MA economics ’90) is Chief Financial Officer at Bush Brothers & Company, Knoxville, Tennessee. His community leadership includes presidency of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Tennessee Valley.