FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Governor Barbour Makes Appointments to the
Mississippi Humanities Council

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointments of Ricki Garrett, of Clinton; Gayle Wicker, of Tupelo; and Mimi Dossett, of Cleveland, to the Mississippi Humanities Council. The Council is designed to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi.

“These appointees are well-qualified,” said Governor Barbour. “Each has a true passion to promote the humanities in the State, as well as the experience to successfully fulfill the duties of this council. I feel confident they will serve the people of Mississippi well.”

Ricki Garrett is the Executive Director for the Mississippi Nurses Association and co-owner of Etiquette and Protocol Associates. Garrett graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor’s degree in English and went to graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she received a Master’s degree in English. She is a member of the Advocacy Committee, Mississippi Chronic Illness Coalition and former President of the Mississippi Stadium Commission, Clinton Junior Auxiliary, and the Mississippi University for Women. In 2004, Garrett received the Medal of Excellence, Alumnae Achievement Award, and “Woman of the Year” award from the Mississippi University for Women.

Gail Wicker has worked as an admissions counselor for Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and at Mississippi College; as an artist’s assistant at the University of Mississippi; and as a wedding director. Wicker received her Bachelor’s degree in speech and her Master’s degree in counseling at Mississippi College. Currently, Wicker is a member of the Mississippi College Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lee County Cancer Society, the Community Concert Association, Tupelo Ballet, and the Gardner Simmons Home for Girls. Additionally, Wicker is a Girl Scouts Troop Leader and a host for the Russian Leadership Program in the First District of Mississippi.

Mimi Dossett graduated from Newcomb College, Tulane University in 1986. In 1988, Dossett began working for the National Association of Wheat Growers and as a political appointee at the United State Department of Commerce. Currently, Dossett owns and operates Bolivar Historic Properties, a business that renovates old properties. She is a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland, a past board member and Special Events Chairman for the Bologna Performing Arts Center, and a former President and Festival Chair of the Crosstie Arts Council. A member of Cleveland’s Heritage Commission, Dossett also serves on the City Planning Commission and the Delta region’s committee for Momentum Mississippi. Dossett is married to Bill and has three sons: David, William, and Chapman.

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