Social Work names Lindley Alumna of the Year


Georgia Lindley

The Social Work program at Mississippi State University has named Georgia Lindley its 2012 Outstanding Alumna of the Year. MSU's police chief was honored by the program for her campus and community contributions and professional achievement during a recent awards luncheon at Harvey's in Starkville.

Lindley joined the MSU Police Department in July 1979, and was named chief in July 2005.

A native of Starkville, she received her basic law enforcement training at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy in Pearl. In addition to her bachelor's degree in social work, she also earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Mississippi State.

Previous alumna of the year honorees include Cathy Jones, social work supervisor (retired), Division of Family and Children's Services, 2011; Natalie Bryant, social worker, Division of Family and Children's Services, 2010; Lori Woodruff, deputy administrator, Division of Family and Children's Services, 2009; Jo Ann T. Rounsaville, owner, Quality Hospice Care, 2008; Tamara Whetstone, director of social services, Boardtown Village, 2007; and Gloria Holland, mayor, Town of Plantersville, 2006.

General qualifications for the award are:

-- Graduated from social work program at MSU.

-- Maintained a career of professional excellence since graduation.

-- Is active in community social service.

-- Role model for social work students.

-- Continues to support the mission and goals of the MSU social work program.

-- Demonstrates active interest in current students.

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