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Governor Barbour Makes Appointments to the
(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointments of Dr. Robert Khayat, of University, and Patricia A. Nichols, of Biloxi, to the Board of Trustees for the Southern Growth Policies Board. The Governor appointed Leland Speed and Jim Barksdale, both of Jackson, to the Council on Southern Community. For the Southern Global Strategies Council, Governor Barbour appointed Jay Moon, of Madison, to serve. Tommy Dale Favre, of Gautier, and Charles Holder, of Bay Springs, were appointed to the Council for a New Economy Workforce. Additionally, the Governor appointed Alice Clark, of Oxford, to the Southern Technology Council.
“These appointees are well-qualified,” Governor Barbour said. “Combined they have years of extensive economic development experience, and I feel confident they will serve the people of Mississippi well.”
The Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB) is a non-partisan public policy think tank created to develop and advance economic development policies in the Southern region of the United States. The SGPB develops projects and publications under the guidance of four advisory councils, comprised of business, academic, government, and nonprofit members.
Khayat has been the Chancellor of the University of Mississippi since 1995, where he is responsible for the operation and management of a four-campus comprehensive university. Khayat attended both the University of Mississippi and Yale University; as a former football player, he has received the National Football League (NFL) Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award. Khayat serves on the Mississippi Power board of directors, the Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute Board of Trustees, the Truman Scholarship Selection Committee, and is a trustee of the Joseph Bancroft Educational Trust and the Croft Institute for International Studies.
Nichols has been plant manager of DuPont’s DeLisle, Mississippi, plant since 2003. This plant is the second largest titanium dioxide manufacturing plant in the world. Nichols has been working for DuPont since 1977, serving as a summer engineer, quality control lab supervisor, production supervisor, marketing personnel planner for DuPont Chemicals Unit, district manager for DuPont Agricultural Products, brand manager, and business segment manager, among other positions. She has additionally worked as a mentor and tutor to students to schools and community services; currently, Nichols is a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of South Mississippi. Nichols was among 10 recipients for the Coast’s Outstanding Community Leaders in 2004.
Speed is executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Prior to working for MDA, Speed served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of EastGroup Properties and Parkway Properties, two real estate development companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Speed is a member of the Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Economic Council. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Barksdale is president and chief executive officer of Barksdale Management Corporation. He worked as president and CEO of Netscape Communications Corporation from 1995 until the company merged with America Online (AOL) in 1999; after the merger, Barksdale joined AOL’s board of directors. He also worked as the CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Federal Express Corporation, and chief information officer at Cook Industries. In 2000, Barksdale created a statewide reading institute, The Barksdale Reading Institute. Computer Reseller News named Barksdale “#1 Executive of the Year,” PC Magazine named him “Person of the Year," and at the 1997 ETRE Conference in Budapest he received the “Executive of the Year” award. He has also been inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame and the Memphis Society of Entrepreneurs. Barksdale sits on the boards of several companies and foundations, including Time Warner, Federal Express, Mayo Foundation, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and TechNet. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.
Moon is president and chief executive officer of the Mississippi Manufacturing Association. He has worked as president and CEO of JCM Consultants, deputy executive director and chief operating officer of the Mississippi Development Authority, and director of the International Division of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development. He is a member of the board of the International Economic Development Council, chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturing Extension Partnership, board member of Mississippians for Economic Progress, and vice chairman of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives. Moon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
Favre is executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Favre worked for 16 years at Mississippi Power Company, where she was a human resources supervisor, plant manager, and senior training analyst. She received a masters of science and masters of education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree from University of Mississippi. Favre was a member of the 1999 Class of Leadership Jackson County and served as president of the Mississippi Power Education Foundation prior to taking the job with MDES.
Holder is chief executive officer of Hol-Mac Corporation, which has three manufacturing plants with more than 400 employees. In 1998, Holder purchased Anel Corporation and is the owner of C.B. Holder & Associates, a consulting engineering firm started in 1969. Additionally, he is a county engineer for Jasper and Smith counties. Holder graduated from Jones County Junior College and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the National and Mississippi Association of County Engineers, District Workforce Council for Jones County Junior College District, Twin District Investment Board, and the State Workforce Investment Board. Holder is the past president of the Bay Springs Chamber of Commerce, the West Jasper Board of Trustees, and past chairman of the Mississippi Commission on Workforce Excellence.
Clark is the University of Mississippi's (UM) vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. Clark previously served as director of the UM National Center for Natural Products Research and was the 1996 Rho Chi National Lecturer, the top award presented by the national pharmaceutical honor society. The Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor joined the faculty in 1979 as a postdoctoral research associate, and she has authored or contributed to more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and numerous invited book chapters, non-refereed publications and presentations. A member of the board of directors of the UM Research Foundation, Clark has served on the AIDS and Related Research Experimental Therapeutics Study Section and on the Bio-organic and Natural Products Chemistry Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, and is associate editor of the Journal of Natural Products. She also is a reviewer for Photochemistry, Infection and Immunity, The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Clark is past president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and an American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Fellow. In 1989, she was awarded the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship, and was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellow.
Governor Haley Barbour
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