Sept. 22, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Former White House press secretary to headline MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – It
was just a few months ago that Scott McClellan was
making headlines after announcing that he would
resign as White House press secretary.
Thursday, Oct. 5, McClellan will be back in the
spotlight as part of the 2006 Welty Gala sponsored
by Mississippi University for Women’s Foundation.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pope Banquet
are delighted that Scott McClellan will be speaking
at MUW within months of having served in one of the
most challenging roles in the White House,” said Dr.
Gary Bouse, vice president for institutional
advancement and president of the MUW Foundation. “We
hope our alumni and friends will join us for a great
evening at MUW.”
McClellan served as the public face of
the White House from July 2003 until May of 2006. He
started his time in the Bush White House in January
2001 as the principal deputy press secretary.
Before joining the White House staff, he
was the traveling press secretary for the
Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign.
He first went to work for then-Governor
Bush in early 1999 as deputy communications
A native of Austin, Texas, McClellan’s
roots in politics run deep. Before joining the
governor’s office, he served as chief of staff to a
Texas state senator, worked on grassroots outreach
for lawsuit reform in Texas and managed three
successful statewide campaigns.
His family is no stranger to politics.
His mother is a former three-term mayor of Austin
and the current Texas comptroller. The late Dean
Page Keeton, his grandfather, was longtime dean of
the University of Texas School of Law.
McClellan is a graduate of the
University of Texas. He and his wife, Jill, reside
in Arlington, Va.
Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation is the major
sponsor of the Welty series of events this fall and
is providing funding for students and faculty in the
Ina E. Gordy Honors College to attend the Welty
To date, Cadence Bank and the Yates
Companies, Inc., are Corporate Benefactors also
providing funding for the Gordy Honors College
faculty and staff to attend the Gala.
Tickets begin at $75 per person. Patron
tickets are $500 per person and include a private
reception with McClellan. Benefactor tables are
available at $5,000 each and include premium seating
for eight along with admission to the private
reception with McClellan. Proceeds benefit the
endowment for the Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities.
For more information, contact Mary
Margaret Roberts, development executive director, at
(662) 329-7151 or email email@example.com.