Jackson, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today he has made four
appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher
Dr. Steven Cunningham, Jeanne
Luckey, Bruce Martin and Powell “Gee” Ogletree, Jr., will begin their 9-year
terms on May 8. Rotating off the Board are trustees Alan W. Perry, Christy
Pickering, Dr. Doug W. Rouse and Board President C.D. Smith.
“As the governing authority
for our public institutions of higher learning, the College Board serves a
critical role in Mississippi,” Governor Bryant said. “I am grateful these four
highly qualified individuals have agreed to take on that responsibility by
accepting these appointments.”
who will represent the Second Supreme Court District, practices radiology in
Hattiesburg, where he serves as president of Comprehensive Radiology Services.
He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Forrest General
Hospital and Merit Health Wesley. Cunningham received a bachelor’s degree in
biology from Jackson State University and his medical degree from University of
Tennessee Health Science Center. He did his internship and residency in
diagnostic radiology at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Mich.
is a deacon at West Point Baptist Church and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc. He serves on the board for the Forrest General Hospital
Foundation and on The First Bank’s Community Advisory Board.
an honor to be appointed to this position by Governor Bryant,” Cunningham said.
“Higher education is a priority in my family and an expectation my wife
Lakeisha and I have of our daughters. I realize how important our universities
are to their alumni, their surrounding communities and the future of our state.
I look forward to working with my fellow trustees to make sure that all of our
institutions continue to flourish.”
is married to her high school sweetheart, Alwyn, and is the proud mother of two
daughters, Laurel and Taylor. Luckey graduated from the University of
Mississippi with a degree in special education and received her masters in
special education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
am honored Governor Bryant has chosen to nominate me to the Board of Trustees
of the IHL,” Luckey said. “Education has long been considered to be one of
the most important factors in the success and quality of life for a state and
its citizens. I am looking forward to serving on the IHL Board with the
other distinguished members and staff to ensure our Mississippi universities
continue to make improvements to meet the needs of our diverse population.”
who will represent the First Supreme Court District, was appointed to the
Mississippi Community College Board by former Gov. Haley Barbour in
2006. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance and insurance from
Mississippi State University. Martin serves as the president of insurance
firm Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., in Meridian. He is also on the Mississippi
Manufacturing Association's W. C. Advisory Board and is a board member of the
MSU Insurance Department.
am honored and appreciative of Governor Bryant’s faith in my service to the IHL
Board,” Martin said. “I look forward to this chance to serve the citizens of
this great state as we work to provide more opportunity for the generations of
joined the lawfirm of Adams and Reese in 1997. From the Jackson office, he
coordinates the firm’s real estate work throughout Mississippi. He practices
primarily in the areas of real estate, title insurance, economic development,
forestry, natural resources, zoning, environmental and business matters.
Ogletree is the founding partner and leader of the firm-wide Forestry Team.
received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Southern
Mississippi and a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of
Law. He is admitted to practice law in Mississippi and Alabama.
am honored to be asked by Governor Bryant to serve on the Board of Trustees for
the Institutions of Higher Learning in the State of Mississippi,” Ogletree
said. “Our state’s eight distinct, mission-driven universities create a
strong public university system designed to meet the higher education needs of
Mississippians and enhance their quality of life. I look forward to
working collaboratively with the board members and IHL staff in pursing
excellence in quality instruction, research and service as we continue to
improve affordable higher education in Mississippi.”