FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW to award Medals of Excellence Friday
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women will
award Medals of Excellence to five outstanding individuals
at a dinner to be attended by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
on Friday night.
Awarded since 1979, the Medal of Excellence is the
university’s highest non-degree honor.
This year’s recipients are first lady Marsha Barbour, June
Debatin, Lewis F. Mallory Jr., Dr. Martha Jo Ballard Mims
and William J. Threadgill.
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert said, “Every institution
has wonderful people connected with it who need to be
recognized. This year’s recipients are role models for us as
an institution and for us as individuals.”
Barbour will receive a special Medal of Excellence
recognizing her work and ongoing relief efforts in the wake
of Hurricane Katrina. Gov. Barbour will attend the ceremony.
Debatin of Shelbyville, Tenn., is a member of the MUW
Foundation Board of Directors and has served as an
investment adviser to the Board for more than a decade. She
now owns her own firm, Ashdon Analysis.
Mallory of Starkville is chairman and CEO of Cadence Bank.
He received his award two weeks ago during a dinner attended
by family, friends and members of the Board of Trustees of
State Institutions of Higher Learning, who were on campus
for their regular monthly meeting. Mallory will not be able
to attend the event on Friday.
Mims, who is from Columbus, graduated from MUW in 1964 and
later returned to teach home economics. A professor emerita,
she remains active on campus as a social club adviser, an
adviser to the Miss W pageant and MUW’s Miss Mississippi
contestants. She also serves on the MUW Foundation Board of
Threadgill of Columbus is one of the leading attorneys in
the state, and he is a current member of the MUW Foundation
Board of Directors. He is married to Leslie Threadgill, who
will receive an honorary doctorate during graduation
ceremonies on Saturday. The Threadgill family has endowed
the Leslie Farrell Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series,
MUW’s premier lectureship providing enriching events for the
campus and community.
MUW’s honorary doctorate recipients, Threadgill ’52 and
Corinne Pierce ’52, also will be recognized at the dinner.