Alumni Fellow and Alumnus of the Year

Debbie Rabinowitz

Alumni Fellows

Each fall, eight of Mississippi State University’s notable alumni are invited to return to campus as distinguished guests and deemed Alumni Fellows. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university - the quality of its alumni.

The fellows program allows the university to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Alumni Fellows hold the distinction for life.

Sponsored by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, the colleges, and the Office of the Provost, the Alumni Fellows Program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers. They are selected by each academic college and are invited to return to campus to meet with students, both in the classroom and informally.

Through the years, this program has served as a means for enriching the MSU experience by exposing students to outstanding alumni who share extensive knowledge and real-world experience from their respective field. These outstanding alumni are willing to talk about specific competencies, attitudes, and efforts needed to succeed. It is an exciting and stimulating way to blend the interests of the accomplished professional, the student, and the professor.

  • 1990 L. Burton Barnes, III, '70, '74
  • 1991 Dr. David H. Irwin, Jr., '72
  • 1992 Lewis E. Nolan, '67
  • 1993 Dr. Ralph W. Alewine, III, '68
  • 1994 Henry E. "Hank" Johnston, '65
  • 1995 Cecilia Reese Bullock, '69, '94
  • 1996 Dr. Susan Brown-Skrobot, '78, '80, '83
  • 1997 Newton F. Hamlin, '64
  • 1998 William "Bill" C. Mattox, '72, '73
  • 1999 Kevin T. Ivey, '84
  • 2000 Mark C. Rohr, '73, '75
  • 2001 Judge William Alsup, '67
  • 2002 Sidney L. Salter, '88
  • 2003 Dr. Larry R. Grillot, '68
  • 2004 Dr. Ronald Greeley, '62
  • 2005 Marion Harris, '91, '93
  • 2006 Mary Catherine Di Nunzio, '90
  • 2007 Kevin Robinson, '01
  • 2008 Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, '80 and William Gillon, '80
  • 2009 Mark Worthy, ‘84
  • 2010 Cindy Stevens, ‘83
  • 2011 Dr. Randy White, ‘66
  • 2012 Dr. David Wigley, ‘79
  • 2013 Dr. Fred Corley, ‘68
  • 2014 Dr. M. Diane Roberts, ’63, ‘64
  • 2015 Laurie R. Williams, '79
  • 2016 Tommie Cardin, '83
  • 2017 Debbie Rabinowitz, '69

Alumnus of the Year John Richards

Alumni of the Year

The College Alumni of the Year program recognizes alumni who have made a significant contribution to human or institutional progress in which a situation, institution or movement has been materially changed for the better because of their participation. This award recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional accomplishments and community service best exemplify the mission of Mississippi State University.

  • 1990 Cynthia Pharr, '68, '74
  • 1991 James F. Young, '60
  • 1993 Pam M. Plager, '81
  • 1994 James W. Hammond, '35
  • 1995 Luther T. Brantley, III, '74
  • 1996 Dr. John P. Elliott, Jr., '55
  • 1997 Dr. Fred G. Corley, Jr., '68
  • 1998 Dr. William H. Coltharp, '77
  • 1999 Cherri M. Musser, '73
  • 2000 Hugh W. Latimer, '62
  • 2001 Dr. Karen D. Hulett, '71
  • 2002 No Selection
  • 2003 George P. Kappler, '69
  • 2004 Mark C. Rohr, '73
  • 2005 Bill Gillon, '80
  • 2006 Dr. Susan Brown-Skrobot, '78, '80, '83
  • 2007 Amy Tuck, '85, '94
  • 2008 Dr. Jimmy L. Solomon, '66
  • 2009 Dr. Larry Grillot, ‘68
  • 2010 Lloyd Solomon, ’88, ‘90
  • 2011 Martha Swain, ‘50
  • 2012 Dr. Don Hall, ‘62
  • 2013 John D. “Jack” Sistrunk, Jr., ‘49
  • 2014 Hank Johnston, ‘65
  • 2015 Malcolm L. Lightsey, ’61, ‘63
  • 2016 Robert P. Bowen, ‘63
  • 2017 John H. Richards, Jr., ‘56