Delta State University Inauguration Week Celebration
Dr. Marcella McKay | October 28, 2013 | Robert E. Smith School of Nursing
Marcella Long McKay serves in a dual role as Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) and President and CEO for the MHA Health, Research & Educational Foundation. Her areas of expertise include health policy, regulatory compliance, patient safety, quality of care, and healthcare administration.
Dr. McKay has over thirty years of experience in health care in clinical, education, and administrative positions and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Dr. McKay previously served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing and served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (1991).
She currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a major initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She currently is a co-lead for the leadership development track of work within the Mississippi Action Coalition.
Dr. McKay opens the Inauguration Week Colloquia series with her presentation on October 28 at 5:00 p.m. inside rooms 141-143 in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.
Doris Dixon | October 29, 2013 | College of Education and Human Sciences
Early in her career, Doris Dixon served as a professional staff member to both Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Congress, the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Legislative Affairs.
Dixon left Capitol Hill in 1995 to become the first director of Federal Relations for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, where she established and managed the legislative affairs office for the nation’s preeminent college sports organization.
Dixon is currently a legislative policy staff member in the office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Dixon's topic for the evening is "From Dickens to Dr. Dre". Her presentation begins at 5 p.m. inside the Jacob Conference Center in James M. Ewing Hall.
James W. Morhard | October 30, 2013 | College of Arts and Sciences
James Morhard holds a degree in accounting from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Penn., an MBA from George Washington University and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University. He is admitted to the practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.
In 1978, he became an analyst for the Secretary of the Navy and the Navy Comptroller in the Pentagon, where he reviewed procurement and research and development appropriations. Morhard became the chief of staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2003, where he managed a staff of 68 and assembled, personally negotiated, and passed the fiscal year 2004-2005 Omnibus appropriations bills.
After leaving the Senate in the winter of 2005, he founded the law firm of Morhard & Associates, LLC. He has also been a guest lecturer on the legislative process at Harvard University, the Naval War College and Georgetown University. Morhard is an adjunct professor at the Naval Post Graduate School and is a member of the board of Saint Francis University. He also serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Mr. Morhard's topic for the evening is "Social Policy and the Problem of a Divided Congress in a Divided Government". His presentation begins at 5:00 p.m. inside the auditorium of E. R Jobe Hall.
Dr. Jeffrey Lenn | October 31, 2013 | College of Business
Dr. Lenn teaches in George Washington University's School of Business in the department of Strategic Management and Public Policy. His areas of expertise include: business-government relations; corporate political strategy; strategic management; executive leadership; managerial ethics; corporate social responsibility; and organizational change.
His current research includes: design and implementation of political strategy; values and ethics in executive decision making; corporate social responsibility; and business as a vocation and occupation. Lenn has served as a consultant to corporations, trade associations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. He also has extensive experience in management and executive development programs, both domestic and international.
Lenn and President LaForge worked together for more than 30 years at GWU, where Lenn was his department chair, dean and vice president. He has remained LaForge’s great friend and mentor since their time together in the school of business.
Dr. Lenn's lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. inside the auditorium in E. R. Jobe Hall.