FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 16, 2012
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW alumna Allegra Brigham returns to alma mater
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women alumna Allegra Brigham of Columbus has returned to the MUW campus as interim vice president for university relations and advancement, according to Dr. Jim Borsig, president.
“Allegra, having attended and worked at MUW, has been a steadfast advocate for the university,” said Borsig. “She did an excellent job as interim president. Her career experiences have prepared her well for this position. I am confident she is the right person to take the leadership role in this important area of our university,” stated Borsig. “I look forward to working with her.”
Brigham served as MUW’s interim president for 18 months. During her brief tenure, Brigham successfully facilitated the unification of alumni, resulting in a revitalized MUW Alumni Association. Brigham also re-energized university relations with the community as well as relationships among faculty, staff and students.
“I look forward to the challenges of a new role at MUW. I loved my previous experiences on campus as a student and as a member of the faculty and staff, but my appreciation of The W escalated during my time as interim president. I am excited to be returning to the university as part of the MUW leadership team and hope to be able to contribute to MUW’s ongoing success,” said Brigham.
Brigham became CEO of 4-County Electric Power Association, an electric cooperative now serving some 46,000 members in eight counties in northeast Mississippi, in March 2003. She was the first female in Mississippi co-op history to hold the position. She retired from the cooperative with more than 22 years of service to become MUW’s interim president.
Brigham received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MUW. She served as a high school teacher and as a reporter, lifestyles editor and managing editor at The Commercial Dispatch. In addition, she is a former MUW director of public relations and taught in the Department of Communications at the university.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Economic Council and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. Brigham is a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, and the Memphis Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Brigham and her husband, Bill, are the parents of two daughters and have five grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church where she teaches a Sunday school class.