June 7, 2005
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Mississippi Governor’s School celebrates 25 years
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi Governor’s School,
held each year on the campus of Mississippi University
for Women, will begin its silver anniversary session on
June 12. This year’s theme is “Our Future: Defining the
Dimensions – Delineating Our Role.”
Bob Seney, who has served as director of the Mississippi
Governor’s School since 1998 but worked with the program
since 1993, said, “We’re really excited [about reaching
the 25th year]. We’re among the five or six oldest
Governor’s Schools in the nation … We’ve served over
3,500 students in this program.”
Alumni of the Governor’s School are invited to attend
the Opening Convocation to be held at 3 p.m. on June 12
at Whitfield Hall in Rent Auditorium. During this time,
each class from the past 25 years will be recognized.
Former scholars are also invited to attend this year’s
scholars in the Pope Banquet Room for dinner.
Students selected to attend the Mississippi Governor’s
School must excel in academics, leadership qualities and
community service. This year, 124 juniors and seniors
from across the state met those criteria and were
selected as the 2005 scholars.
The Mississippi Governor’s School is a three-week summer
residential honors program established in 1981 by Gov.
William F. Winter and administrators at MUW. The school
is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership
experiences for a limited number of rising high school
juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional
ability and achievement in their studies and who show
high intellectual, creative and leadership potential.
Seney said, “Here, [students are] free to follow
academic interests” in an environment where they’re both
intellectually and emotionally safe. “I love this
program. It reenergizes me. It’s stressful [but] it’s
worth every bit to give these kids this experience.”
Dr. Suzanne Bean, director of graduate studies and the
Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning, served as
director of the Mississippi Governor’s School from
1990-1996. “It is my hope that all Governor School
participants (past and present) gain a better
understanding of the world and their place in it and
that they discover or rediscover a passion for
She said she hopes everything learned in Governor’s
School will “help participants to ultimately make
positive contributions to their state and to the world.”
Former Governor’s School alumni and scholars interested
in attending are asked to contact the Governor’s School
via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 1100 College St.
MUW-129, Columbus, MS 39701-5800.