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Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series was established by President William N. LaForge on September 3, 2013. The first Colloquia speaker was former governor of Mississippi William F. Winter.

“As a university, we need to make available to Delta State and the community marquee speakers from across the country and the world,” said LaForge. “Great universities have great programs, and this is another step in the right direction. This is one of the hallmark items of what we’re trying to do here.”

President LaForge added, “This is a university-wide program that will bring a unique and diverse array of people — from judges, former government officials, lawyers and business people. These are all folks our students can look up to.”

The Colloquia program is a series of top-flight lectures and addresses featuring prominent speakers. The series is ongoing and will continue throughout the course of the year.

Each Colloquia lecture is streamed live online through the official Delta State University uStream channel.

David Abney

Wednesday, April 2, 2014   |   6:00 p.m.   |   Jobe Hall Auditorium

Delta State alumni and Chief Operating Officer of UPS, David Abney, a 1976 graduate, who sponsors the annual International Business Symposium with his wife, Sherry, is delighted to return to the Mississippi Delta to share with the students of Delta State University and members of the Cleveland community networking strategies critical for success in today’s highly competitive business environment.

Inauguration of President William N. LaForge

Sen. Thad Cochran | November 1, 2013 | Bologna Performing Arts Center

In the current 113th Congress, Thad Cochran serves as ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He has served on this panel since being sworn in as a Senator in 1979, and served as chairman from 2003 to 2005.

Sen. Cochran is a senior member on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and is Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Cochran also serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

For the State of Mississippi, Cochran has maintained a focus throughout his career on promoting economic development and educational opportunity. He has sponsored legislation and promoted policies related to rural economic development, including key provisions of several national farm policy bills.

President LaForge served as Sen. Cochran's chief of staff and the two enjoy a personal and professional relationship that spans more than 30 years.

Cochran delivers the keynote address for President LaForge's investiture ceremony Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. inside the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

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.

First Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

Gov. William F. Winter | September 3, 2013 | E.R. Jobe Hall Auditorium

Gov. Winter, considered one of Mississippi’s most distinguished political leaders, spoke at the initial Colloqua Lecture Series on Sept. 3, 2013 in the Jobe Hall auditorium.

Winter served Mississippi in numerous official capacities, including Governor from 1980–1984, Lt. Governor from 1972–1976, Mississippi State Treasurer from 1964–1968, Mississippi State Tax Collector from 1956–1964, and Representative in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1948–1956.

“I’m honored to be the first speaker in the series and share a few thoughts that I hope will be welcomed on campus,” said Winter. “I think the Colloquia program represents the vision and creativity Dr. LaForge is bringing to Delta State. It is so important that Delta State University receives the recognition it deserves because of the role it fills as an intellectual beacon in the Delta.”

“I am thrilled to have Gov. Winter as the first Colloquia speaker,” said LaForge. “He has been such a prominent figure in Mississippi law, politics, education and racial reconciliation. He is known in all circles of the state as a man who is fair, just and forward thinking.”

Sen. Thad Cochran | November 1, 2013 | Inauguration

Cochran delivered the keynote address for President LaForge's investiture ceremony for a full house inside the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Check out more photos from the inauguration at inauguration.deltastate.edu.

ThadCochran_Inaugural Colloquia Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Lenn | October 31, 2013 | College of Business

Dr. Lenn spoke during the Inauguration Week "Celebration of Excellence." in Jobe Hall Auditorium.

James Morhard | October 30, 2013 | College of Arts and Sciences

James Morhard spoke about "Social Policy and the Problem of a Divided Congress in a Divided Government" during the Inauguration Week "Celebration of Excellence."

Doris Dixon | October 29, 2013 | College of Education and Human Sciences

A selection of pictures from Dixon's colloquia speech during the Inauguration Week "Celebration of Excellence." Dixon's topic for the evening was "From Dickens to Dr. Dre."

Dr. Marcella McKay | October 28, 2013 | Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

A selection of pictures from Dr. McKay's colloquia speech during the Inauguration Week "Celebration of Excellence."

Gov. William F. Winter | September 3, 2013 | E.R. Jobe Hall Auditorium

A selection of pictures from the first Delta State University Colloquia Lecture Series featuring former Mississippi Gov. William F. Winter.

Dr. Robert Khayat | January 29, 2014 | E.R. Jobe Hall Auditorium

A selection of pictures from the Delta State University Colloquia Lecture Series featuring former University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Robert Khayat.

Sen. Thad Cochran – November 1, 2013

James W. Morhard – October 30, 2013

Marcella McKay – October 28, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Lenn – October 31, 2013

Doris Dixon – October 29, 2013

Gov. William F. Winter – September 3, 2013

Help Support the Delta State University Colloquia Lecture Series

To make a gift in support of the Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, please contact the Delta State University Foundation at 662-846-4704 or make your gift online at DeltaStateGiving.org.
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