COLUMBUS, Miss. – C.D. Smith, former Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees member, will deliver the commencement address to Mississippi University for Women graduates Friday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in Whitfield Hall, Rent Auditorium.


Approximately 170 candidates have applied for December graduation.

Smith, who recently completed a 10-year term on the Mississippi Public Universities Board of Trustees, is a regional director for AT&T Mississippi. In this capacity, he has oversight of AT&T matters for 24 counties in East Central Mississippi.

He is chair of the board of directors for The “Sonny” Montgomery Institute and a member of the board of directors for the Meridian Community College Foundation, Weems Mental Health Center and the Trustmark Bank Advisory Board. Smith also serves on the board of governors for the Mississippi Economic Council. He is a member of the Meridian Rotary Club the Mississippi Air National Guard (retired) and NorthPark Church.

Additionally, Smith is the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Bar Association of Lauderdale County, the Service to Mankind Award from the Mississippi District of Sertoma, the Citizen of the Year award from The Meridian Star and has been recognized with the 2012 MSU-Meridian Alumnus of the Year Award.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business and industry and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Mississippi State University. He previously served on the national board of directors of the MSU Alumni Association.
Smith is married to the former Linda Joyce Bishop and has three children: Cynthia, Drew and Danielle.

Dec. 3, 2018
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