WCU Hosts
MAC Conference
William Carey University
hosted the 79th annual Mississippi
Association of Colleges and
Universities (MAC) Conference
October 1-2. The theme was
“Leadership to Lift Mississippi.” Dr.
Tommy King, president of WCU,
is president of MAC for 2012, and
Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds
Community College, is the incoming
MAC president for 2013.
The goal of the Mississippi
Association of Colleges and
Universities is to promote goodwill
among colleges and universities,
stimulate academic and professional
cooperation among the membership,
consider common problems, and
perform an accreditation function
for higher education in the State of
Mississippi.
The conference opened on
October 1 with a plenary session
in Smith Auditorium on WCU’s
campus, featuring The Honorable
Charles Pickering, retired judge
of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals, as keynote speaker.
Following Judge Pickering, there
was a panel discussion with the
theme “Leadership to Advance
our State.” The panel included Dr.
Johnny DuPree, mayor of the City of
Hattiesburg, Mr. Brent Christensen,
executive director of Mississippi
Development Authority, and Dr.
Hank Bounds, commissioner
of higher education, with Dr.
Scott Hummel, vice president for
advancement and church relations at
WCU, as the moderator.
The first day of the conference
also included a luncheon, student
leadership development sessions
with Lt. Col. Fred Varnado and
his wife Col. Sheila Varnado, and
section meetings and breakout
sessions covering a wide variety of
topics. A reception was held at the
Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot
following the day’s events.
The second day of the conference
was held at the Hattiesburg Lake
Terrace Convention Center. The
day opened with a second plenary
session, featuring Special Agent
(SA) Tarik Larry, SA Scott Wells,
and Intelligence Analyst (IA)
Jessica Graham, all of the Jackson
division of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, as keynote speakers.
The speakers covered the topic
“Security Issues Facing Higher
Education.” Following the session
was another series of breakout
seminars.
The conference concluded with
the Halbrook Awards Luncheon and
business meeting and a presentation
entitled “America’s Future:
Presidential Election Update.” The
Halbrook Awards Luncheon featured
M.L. Carr, former NBA player,
entrepreneur, and philanthropist,
as guest speaker. The presidential
update presentation was given by
Stacey Pickering, state auditor and
state chairman for the Romney for
President Campaign, and Carolyn
Warner, founder and president of
Corporate Education Consulting,
Inc., and national chairwoman DNC
from Arizona.
Carolyn Warner, founder and president of
Corporate Education Consulting, Inc., and
national DNC chairwoman from Arizona,
stops for a photo with Stacey Pickering,
Mississippi State Auditor and state chairman
for the Romney for President Campaign,
just before they each spoke during the
presentation entitled “America’s Future:
Presidential Election Update,” at the
Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center
during the 2012 Mississippi Association of
Colleges & Universities (MAC).
Dr. Tommy King, president of MAC for
2012, Carlos Casilla, president of WCU’s
student foundation, The Honorable Charles
Pickering, retired judge of U.S. Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals and keynote speaker
for MAC 2012, and Dr. Clyde Muse,
president of Hinds Community College
and the incoming president for MAC
2013, stop for a photo before the
opening session of the 2012 MAC
Conference held at WCU.
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