Gov. Phil Bryant has
appointed the Honorable Ann Lamar, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of
Mississippi, to the IHL Board of Trustees. Mrs. Lamar will represent the 3rd
Supreme Court District. Her term will begin immediately and run through 2021.
She replaces Karen Cummins, who passed away in January 2017 after an extended
Mrs. Lamar is recently retired from
the Supreme Court of Mississippi and was a Justice from 2007 to 2016. She was
only the third woman to have served on the Supreme Court upon her appointment.
“Justice Lamar admirably served the people of Mississippi on
the Supreme Court with honor and integrity. She will now bring her experience
and wisdom to the College Board,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am pleased to appoint
Prior to her appointment to the
Supreme Court of Mississippi, Mrs. Lamar served as a Circuit Court Judge in the
17th Circuit Court District from 2001 to 2007, which includes
Desoto, Tate, Panola, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha counties. She also presided
over the 17th Circuit Drug Court, supervising program participants
in four of the five counties.
Additionally, Mrs. Lamar served as
District Attorney in the 17th District until her appointment to the
circuit bench in 2001, as Assistant District Attorney for nine years, and had a
private law practice for eight years.
She was named Citizen of the Year by
the Tate County Economic Development Foundation in 2010, inducted as a Fellow
of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 2011, and is also the recipient of the
Mississippi Bar’s Susie Blue Buchanan Award for commitment of the advancement of
women in the field of law.
Mrs. Lamar earned her law degree from
the University of Mississippi School of Law, after attending Northwest
Mississippi Junior College and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in
education from Delta State University.
“This appointment is a great honor,
and I thank Gov. Bryant for the opportunity to serve,” Lamar said. “The work of
the College Board is critical to our state, and I’m excited to get to work with
my fellow members.”
She and her husband have two adult
children, three grandchildren, and attend First Baptist Church in Senatobia.
The appointment will be brought
before the Mississippi Senate for confirmation.