Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gov appoints four to IHL Board

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

Governor Bryant Appoints Four to IHL Board

JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant today announced four appointees to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The appointees are Thomas Duff of Hattiesburg, Glenn McCullough Jr. of Tupelo, Dr. Alfred McNair Jr. of Gautier and Eddie “Chip” Morgan Jr. of Leland.

Appointees must be confirmed by the Mississippi Senate. Each appointee will serve a nine-year term beginning May 9, 2015.

“Mississippi’s public universities serve a vital function in our state. They educate students, pioneer research, serve as catalysts for economic development and are anchors in their communities,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “These appointees bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the table, and I know they will help ensure the success of our higher education system.”

Chip Morgan will represent the 1st Supreme Court District and will succeed Bob Owens. Thomas Duff and Dr. Alfred McNair will represent the 2nd Supreme Court District. Duff will succeed Robin Robinson, and McNair will succeed Ed Blakeslee. Glenn McCullough Jr. will represent the 3rd Supreme Court District and will succeed Aubrey Patterson.

About the Appointees
Thomas Duff
Businessman Thomas Duff is a native of Columbia, Miss. He and his brother Jim Duff co-own and operate Duff Capital Investors, which is comprised of eight businesses employing 8,400 people. Seven of the eight companies are headquartered in Mississippi and employ 4,300 people. The Duff companies include Southern Tire Mart, KLLM Transport Services, Frozen Food Express, T.K. Stanley Oilfield Services, Forest Products Transports, T.L. Wallace Construction, Pine Belt Ford and Pine Belt Chevrolet. Duff holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I’m very honored to receive this appointment by Governor Bryant to serve on the IHL Board of Trustees, and I look forward to working closely with each of our public universities to reach our shared goal of advancing our state together,” Duff said. “Mississippi’s public universities are incredibly important to the current and future success of our state, as they are providing the research and instruction necessary to bring about the jobs of tomorrow.”

Dr. Alfred McNair
Dr. Alfred McNair is a gastroenterologist and owner of Digestive Health Center, PA in Ocean Springs, Miss. He is the president and founder of Mississippi Coast Physicians, LLC, of Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities and of Savannah Pines, LLC. Dr. McNair is chief of medical staff at Biloxi Regional Medical Center. He served as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Health from 2002-2005 and as vice chairman of the Board of Health from 2006-2009. He graduated summa cum laude from Tougaloo College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Dr. McNair attended medical school at Columbia University, completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and completed gastroenterology fellowships at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Stanford University.

"A healthy Mississippi is an educated Mississippi,” Dr. McNair said. “Our manifest destiny as a state is intertwined with our ability to offer affordable, accessible and academically challenging higher educational opportunities to our citizens."

Glenn McCullough Jr.
Glenn McCullough Jr. is former chairman of Tennessee Valley Authority. He was named to TVA board in 1999 by President Bill Clinton and was named chairman of the board by President George W. Bush. Under his leadership, TVA achieved record performance in power generation, environmental improvement and community and economic development. McCullough was elected mayor of Tupelo in 1997 and served until his appointment to TVA. He also served as director of the Appalachian Regional Commission from 1993-1997 by appointment from Gov. Kirk Fordice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University.

“I am thankful to Governor Bryant for this opportunity and look forward to serving with my fellow board members to advance Mississippi through our public universities,” McCullough said.

Chip Morgan
Chip Morgan has served as executive vice president of Delta Council since 1982. In this role he has developed strategies and input from Delta Council on national farm policy, state four-lane highway legislation, flood control and the Delta Health Alliance. During Morgan’s tenure, Delta Council has expanded its role to include improvement of access to health care, funding for higher education, promotion of adult literacy, confrontation of critical teacher shortages in the Delta and development of a higher education curriculum to train high school administrators in the Delta. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi.

“I share the priority which Governor Bryant places on higher education in Mississippi, and like him, I feel quite fortunate that my parents afforded me the opportunity to go to a college in Mississippi,” Morgan said.  “Further, I know it will be a rewarding and learning experience to join with the caliber of people who currently serve on this board, as well as the capable staff that supports the board.”


Anonymous said...

And remind me why we even have an IHL commissioner that makes more than most CEOs, plus this board full of IHL heavies. And 9 chancellors. All to oversee institutions with a captive market and with little competition except with each other.

Anonymous said...

You hit the bull's eye 11:54. If one of our fearless leaders wants to cut government waste and redundancy, IHL is the place to start.

Anonymous said...

11:54: you are absolutely correct, but it's the system and the system ain't gonna change. Just reach a little deeper in your pocket. With that said, this looks like four good picks.

Go Dawgs said...

For many years I've heard moanings about Southern Miss not being represented in matters of import. Then we got a gubnor who was graduated there. Now we get a heavyweight millionaire (Duff) on this board who has deep roots and gifting strategies at USM, not the least of which is furnishing a refrigerated transport trailer and tractor to haul football equipment to and from games.

Having said that, I agree with the prior posters in wondering (again) what the hell the purpose of this board is.

One of the duties of this board (in fact the only one that comes immediately to mind) is an obligation to make rulings when one institution attempts to encroach on another in the placement of facilities and programs. I seem to recall that this board totally punted (read ignored) that responsibility when Jackson State, under cloak of darkness and silence, moved into Madison where there is already an existing institution of higher learning.

Anonymous said...

was the IHL added to the state constitution?

Anonymous said...

IHL most dysfunctional tax supported organization in the state.

Pretty stiff completion (sorry Steve Holland, barber board) but IHL is an ego driven money pit.

Anonymous said...


Millionaire would be somewhat of an under statement on Mr Duff's wealth.

I don't recall the trailer furnished to USM athletics as being refrigerated, but the t&t is ticked out to the max.

Now that Patterson is off the IHL board will universities continue to bank with Bancorp South?

East Bound and Truckin' said...

2:59: I don't care what you 'recall'. KLLM is the nations largest refrigerated transport carrier and all of their trailers are refrigerated.

And it's 'tricked out', not 'ticked out'.

Anonymous said...


scroll down to USM on above site you see a reefer on this trailer?

Maybe all of KLLM trailers are reefers, but not the USM transport

Go Seymore said...

Looks mighty tricked-out to me. I think the larger point is, unless the tractor/trailer furnishing is discontinued, there might be a major conflict here.

Should the guv be appointing a major contributor (that's major times five) to the IHL board?

Anonymous said...

Will there now be changes in Oxford and separation of UMMC from U of M?


Bryant has stepped up the definition of chrony. Or are we simply regressing to the days when boards and commissions were payoff seats with some level of power and prestige?

Anonymous said...

So let me see if I can understand all of everyone's logic here. Appoint a USM supporter and that breaks all rules of fair play and logic and verges on being illegal, but appoint big time MSU of UM supporter and that is responsible government. So IHL can bank with a big donor, but just can use a transporter provided by a donor. Makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

IHL does NOT bank with BancorpSouth. I cannot speak to ALL; but a majority of the individual institutins do not bank with BancorpSouth. People complaining out & whining out of ignorance. So what's new......?

Anonymous said...

IHL does not buy tires from Southern Tire Mart .... so there we go all is well.

Anonymous said...

A USM alumni is very rich and donates to his alma mater.

Gov has to make appointments to IHL board.

Gov campaigned on fact that USM felt they had been overlooked in previous appointments.

Gov appoints a USM alumni that happened to be rich and happened to support his alma mater.

And idiots here think there is a 'conflict of interest'?

Same concept could apply to many previous IHL appointees. Many have graduated from Mississippi Universities. Many are rich, and have donated to their alma mater and possibly others.

IHL board members receive very minimum 'pay' for service ($40/day of meetings or there abouts). Frankly, I would rather have successful individuals on this board than individuals that have not succeeded in their professions/businesses.

Go to another post to bitch - this is one time that Phil has actually done a good job with these four individual appointees.

Field Goal! said...

I notice the obligatory black, but, are any of them democrats?

Al Sage said...

This is the link to the current IHL Board provision in the Constitution. It was recently amended (2003) to shorten the terms, and fix terms so that four positions expire every three years.

The Board was originally created to insulate the colleges and universities from political influence, particularly from the Governor - a/k/a Bilbo. The idea that Board members have a conflict of interest because they attended or graduated from one of the IHL schools is kind of naive. Who are you going to put on the Board, Milsaps, Tougaloo or MC graduates?

Anonymous said...

If we can't consolidate like most states have done, then it's past time to cut loose some of these institutions and let them be private.

It's insane for MS, which has a smaller and poorer population than large cities to support so damn many " Institutes of Higher Learning" and so many community and junior colleges.

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