Hall of Fame
Pictured are (left to right) Julie Knippers Shrubb, representing her husband
Ric Shrubb (‘94), Kourtney Hollingsworth (‘08), R. T. Buckley (‘61), Ramona
Fant (‘60), and Martha Hutson (‘70).
heWilliam Carey University
Alumni Association recently
inducted five outstanding
graduates into its Hall of Fame.
The alumni were R.T. Buckley
(‘61), Ramona Fant (‘60), Kourtney
Hollingsworth (‘08), Martha Hutson
(‘70), and Ric Shrubb (‘94).
R.T. Buckley (‘61) received his
B.A. in speech and theatre from
Carey before earning the Master of
Divinity from Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary in 1967. He has
served as minister of youth at Shiloh
Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and
as pastor of First Baptist Church in
Renner, Texas. In 1967, he became a
career missionary with the Southern
Baptist Convention’s International
Mission Board, where he served
until 2002. He was instrumental
in a church planting movement
among tribal groups in South Asia
and training pastors and evangelists
for ministry, and his work led to the
establishment of more than 200
churches in the region. In addition, he
and his late wife, Fran, contributed to
the leadership training of the current
leaders of the tribal convention in
South Asia.
Ramona Fant (’60), also known
s Mona Faith, received the B.S.
in chemistry from Carey. She hosts
and is the executive producer of the
multi-award winning syndicated
radio show, “Faith for Living with
Mona Faith,” which airs on the home
of Grand Ole Opry, WSM 650 AM,
and other stations. She has written
and co-written over 300 songs and
made guest appearances at the Grand
Ole Opry, CMT’s Starfest, as well as
numerous festivals andTV and radio
shows. Married to Rev. Gene Fant, Sr.,
(’59), she has sung for many church-
related events around the country.
She is an active member of BMI,
Nashville Songwriters Association,
and the Conference of Southern
Baptist Evangelists. Mona and Gene,
Sr., have two sons, Dr. Gene Fant, Jr.,
vice president for academics at Union
University, and Stephen Fant, director
of safety and health for the U.S. Army-
Kourtney Hollingsworth (‘08)
received the M.B.A. fromWCU
before serving the State of Mississippi
as regional broadband coordinator
and as state housing coordinator and
investigator for the Mississippi Center
for Legal Services. She has also served
as the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development as the Fair
Housing Equal Opportunity/Fair
Housing Initiatives Program’s grantee
executive director and as housing
counselor and financial advisor.
A Congressional Rainey Scholar,
Kourtney has served as AmeriCorps
regional director for Boy Scouts of
America. She has been involved in
her community, serving as co-chair
for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Young
Professionals, a member of Delta
Sigma Theta, youth director for the
NAACP, member of the FDIC Alliance
for Economic Inclusion Committee,
and a member of Brown Missionary
Baptist Church.
Martha Hutson (‘70) received the
B.A. in history from Carey before
completing her master’s in history
from the University of Southern
Mississippi. An educator at heart, she
serves as assistant professor and as the
director of the secondary education
social studies program at Mississippi
College. She also taught social studies
for 28 years in grades 7-12 and served
as an adjunct instructor at Hinds
Community College. She serves on the
board of directors of the Mississippi
Historical Society and the Mississippi
Geographic Alliance. She has written
lessons for the Mississippi Humanities
Council and its traveling Smithsonian
exhibits. She received a Phil Hardin
Foundation grant in 2009 to
participate in an EarthWatch Institute
project in the Amazon Rainforest of
Ecuador and completed training at the
National Geographic Society. She is
an active member of Northside Baptist
Church in Clinton, Miss.
Ric Shrubb (’94) received the
M.B.A. from Carey and his doctorate
from the University of Southern
Mississippi. He serves as president
of MinnesotaWest Community
andTechnical College and has
held positions as vice president of
academic and student affairs at Terra
Community College, dean at Southern
State Community College, associate
professor at Milwaukee School of
Engineering, and instructor of English
at Pearl River Community College.
Ric received a Fulbright Scholar grant
to exchange students and agriculture
faculty with Russia. He serves on three
national boards for higher education
and has presented training sessions
related to higher education throughout
America, as well as the U.K., Hungary,
and Puerto Rico. Ric is an evaluator
for the Higher Learning Commission
for the Program to Evaluate and
Advance Quality, Academic Quality
Improvement Program, and Pathways.
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