New members of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association's national board of directors are beginning one-year terms.
Appointed in February and officially taking office July 1, the group includes Camille Scales Young of Madison, president; Tommy R. Roberson of Memphis, Tenn., first vice president; and Ron E. Black of Meridian, second vice president.
Jodi White Turner of Montgomery, Ala., will continue her role as treasurer, while Jerry L. Toney of Starkville continues on the board as immediate former national president.
"For 127 years, the leaders of our alumni association have worked tirelessly to promote and help Mississippi State University in whatever way possible," said Jimmy Abraham, the association's executive director. "These newly elected officers will continue that tradition and will do an outstanding job leading our association and representing our alumni."
Young, a 1994 communication management graduate who also earned a master's degree in agriculture and extension education in 1996, is vice president of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Jackson. She has been a member of the association's Central Mississippi Chapter board of directors, and served on various committees, including the Evening in Maroon, Young Alumni and Central Mississippi Tennis Tournament. Previously, she was the association's national first and second vice president.
"I am looking forward to meeting MSU alumni from around the world and sharing our love of MSU," Young said. "I hope to encourage younger alumni to support our alumni association and the university's continued efforts to produce graduates who are making a positive difference in our state, country and world."
Joining her in the effort are:
Roberson, a 1967 political science and history graduate who retired from Kraft Foods after a 34-year career. He has served the Memphis Maroon Club as the former president, vice president and membership officer, and on the executive committee of the board of directors for three years, most recently in the role of national second vice president.
Black, a 1980 marketing graduate now serving as human resources director for Southern Pipe and Supply Co. Inc. He was the South 1 Region director on the national board of directors for the past three years, and served on the executive committee for two years. He also has been active in the Lauderdale County Alumni Association chapter.
Turner, a 1997 accounting graduate who also holds a 1999 master's degree in business administration from MSU. She is chief financial officer for PrimeSouth Bank in Tallassee, Ala.
Toney, a 1996 real estate, mortgage finance and economics graduate and Certified Financial Planner, is vice president of Cadence Bank in Starkville. He is a former president of the Oktibbeha County alumni chapter.
The Alumni Association was founded June 17, 1885, by the first three graduating classes of what then was Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. A full-service organization, it now includes 93 chapters and has nearly 124,000 alumni worldwide.
For more, visit alumni.msstate.edu.