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honors Virginia Shanteau Newton with 2006 Woman of the
COLUMBUS, Miss, -
Mississippi University for Women will present the 2006
Woman of the Year Award to Virginia Shanteau Newton, a
1979 cum laude graduate of MUW.
will receive her award at MUW’s annual Leadership Forum
on Thursday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Thad and Rose
After graduating from MUW
with a degree in political science, Newton continued her
education and earned a master’s degree in public
relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.
A native of
Ocean Springs, Newton currently serves as president of
the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher
Learning. She also serves on the Board of Commissioners
of Mississippi State Port Authority and was named
“Business Woman of the Year” by Coast Business Journal.
President Claudia A. Limbert said, “Honoring Virginia
Shanteau Newton allows MUW the opportunity to recognize
a woman who--through her work and dedicated service--has
advanced the status of women in Mississippi and who has
aided MUW. Serving as the IHL Board's president, Ms.
Newton is making a significant positive impact for
As a former
Congressional aid, Newton has background experience as a
corporate director of public affairs and marketing and
executive director of a foundation.
been and still is involved in several influential
organizations. She is
a graduate of Leadership Gulf
Coast, a member of the Gulfport Rotary Club, a former
board member of the Mississippi Easter Seal Society,
Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Mississippi Gulf Coast
Chamber of Commerce.
international success when she was selected by the
American Council of Young Political Leaders to
participate in an international delegation to South
Newton and her
family are members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
MUW Woman of
the Year recipients are
selected based on their
personal record of achievement and commitment to the
life-changing benefits provided by a higher education.
They are permanently honored with an engraved marker in
the Puckett Plaza on the MUW campus.
Last year’s recipient,
Eloise Hale Scott, a 1953 alumna and former member of
the Mississippi House of Representatives, will be the
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, Southern Women’s Institute
director, said, "The Southern Women's Institute is
excited to sponsor an event which Dr. Limbert
inaugurated in 2004 with the naming of Ricki Rayner
Garrett, MUW class of 1973, as the first MUW Woman of
the Year. Ms. Garrett, Ms. Scott and Ms. Newton have
made a significant and positive difference in the lives
of people all over the state of Mississippi.”
The event is free and open to the public.