Southern Miss Announces 2011-12 Athletic Foundation Board of Directors

June 30, 2011

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics and Chief Executive Officer of the school's Athletic Foundation, Richard Giannini, has announced the organization's 2011-12 officers and board of directors who were elected at its annual meeting on June 5.

"We are fortunate to have quality leadership in our Athletic Foundation Board," Giannini said. "We continue to make giant strides in our fund-raising efforts each year, and it is because of the incredible leadership we have received from our volunteer board members."

This year's officers include Spencer Adams (Mobile, Ala.), president, Richard Johnston (Ocean Springs), vice president/president elect, Al Gordy (Magee), secretary, and Mac Grubbs (Hattiesburg), treasurer.

The Board of Directors is made up of three ex-officio members from the University, including Dr. Martha D. Saunders, Southern Miss President, Dr. Dennis Phillips, Southern Miss professor and Faculty Athletic Representative, and Giannini.

The 12 at-large members for 2011-12 are Leigh Breal (Mobile, Ala.), Grant Dyess (Hattiesburg), Col. Tyler Fletcher (Hattiesburg), Missy McGee (Hattiesburg), Dr, Mike Molleston (Hattiesburg), Forrest Roberts (Hattiesburg), Mark Roberts (Mize), Charlie Rogers (Hattiesburg), Dr. Cathy Sessums (Hattiesburg), Dick Simmons (Meridian), Will Spann (Hattiesburg) and Clarence Weatherspoon (Jackson).

One year appointments were given to Gee Ogletree, President of the USM Foundation, Tim Hallman (Hattiesburg), President of the M-Club, Roberts, Past President of the Athletic Foundation, and Alvin Williams, President of the Alumni Association, as well as Kevin Giddis (Memphis, Tenn.), Mike Marshall (Jackson), Jimmy Payne (Hattiesburg), John Polk (Hattiesburg) and Ken Rushing (Jackson).

The Past President's Council consists of Bob Mixon (deceased), Krandall Howell (McComb), Dr. Doug Rouse (Hattiesburg), Robert C. Dews (Hattiesburg), Mickey Hudson (Ellisville), Grubbs, Aubrey Collum (Gulfport), Mike Landrum (Hattiesburg), Dr. Wayne Adkison (Moss Point), Nick Welch (Hattiesburg) and Roberts. The Executive Committee includes Adams, Johnston, Gordy, Grubbs, Dr. Saunders, Dr. Phillips, Roberts, Collum and Giannini.

H. David "Doc" Roberts (Hattiesburg), Paul "Bud" Holmes (Hattiesburg), Gene Carlisle (Memphis, Tenn.), Dr. Shelby Thames (Hattiesburg), Larry Payne, Pat Ferlise (in memorium), Herschel Shattles (in memorium) and Ray Sims (in memorium) serve as honorary life-time board members.

Over the past five years, the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation has, received over $5 million on a yearly basis.

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