FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 2004
Garrett to be awarded MUW’s first
Woman of the Year Award
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women will award its first
Woman of the Year Award to Ricki Rayner Garrett, a 1973 alumna and a
member of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher
“Mrs. Garrett is a tireless champion for higher education in Mississippi
and for MUW,” said Dr. Claudia A. Limbert, president of MUW. “She has
brought knowledge and enthusiasm to her work in higher education that
has benefited all of Mississippi’s citizens. Personally, knowing and
working with her has been a blessing in my own life as president of
An IHL Board member since 1992, Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree in
English from MUW and a master’s degree in English from the University of
Mississippi in 1974. She has taught on both the higher education and
In addition to this award, Garrett received MUW’s Medal of Excellence in
1995 and Alumni Achievement Award in 1993. She has served as president
of the MUW Alumnae Association.
It is an honor to be the first recipient of this award,” Garrett said.
“It is especially meaningful to be recognized by my own alma mater, a
university known for its preparation of women leaders.”
Dr. Limbert established the award to recognize women who, through their
work in business, private life or public service, serve as role models
for current and future generations of MUW students.
The award will be presented annually at a woman’s leadership forum
hosted by MUW. Recipients will be selected based on their personal
record of achievement and their commitment to the life-changing benefits
provided by a higher education.
MUW Woman of the Year recipients will be permanently honored with an
engraved marker that will be placed in the Puckett Plaza on the MUW
Garrett’s award will be presented at women’s leadership forum scheduled
for March 25 in the Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall. In addition to
Garrett, Linda Burket, CFO of Eurocopter, will speak on the changing
roles of women in corporate leadership.