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Bobby Perkins Joins Mississippi College School of Business Faculty

June 24, 2013

Bobby Perkins is responsible for planning and directing the activities of the Mississippi Insurance Department’s Licensing Division.

Since April 2006, the Mississippian has been regulating the activities of 1,984 insurance companies and 98,000 insurance professionals at the state agency in Jackson. In late August, Perkins starts a new assignment as a professor in the Mississippi College School of Business.

Perkins will teach a faith and business class, business law and the principles of insurance on the Clinton campus this fall.

“The School of Business puts great importance on our business ethics curriculum, and we are excited and thankful for Bobby Perkins to make that possible,” says dean Marcelo Eduardo.

An adjunct faculty member at Mississippi College since the fall of 2010, Perkins is delighted to join the School of Business faculty in Self Hall on a full-time basis.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and disciple students at Mississippi College. My wife and I were preparing to serve God through the Southern Baptist Convention overseas when God provided a different path for us to serve Him,” Perkins said. “We truly feel God is leading our family to MC and are excited about the opportunities He will lay before us.”

Perkins received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi in 1999 and a law degree at the MC School of Law in Jackson in 2002. He’s also enrolled in a master’s program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Insurance Department administrator comes on board with extensive ties to Baptist-affiliated MC. His wife, Amy O’Shea Perkins, his father, Norman Perkins, and his mother-in-law, Peggy Gunter O’Shea are all Mississippi College graduates.

In addition, Gunter Hall on the Clinton campus is named after his mother-in-law’s grandfather, Richmond Baker Austin Gunter. A Baptist minister, Gunter understood the importance of a Christian education and supported MC by helping raise financial support. MC leaders showed their appreciation for his tireless efforts by naming the residence hall after him.

Perkins will teach Faith and Business Ethics, a new course in the School of Business. “Christian Ethics operates on the belief that our human character should reflect the character of God,” Perkins said. “The struggle of many in the business world is that they are unknowingly trying to be acceptable to the God of this world instead of the God of eternity.”

The course will address some of the struggles that business leaders face and provide students with a framework to respond to those situations.

Perkins, 34, presently lives in Brandon with his wife, Amy, a former Jackson Prep teacher and their three children Kathleen, Caroline and Pete. The family plans to relocate to Clinton this summer.

America’s second oldest Baptist college, MC provides an excellent Christian environment for students, Perkins said. Founded in 1826, the university gives students “the opportunity to learn the Biblical truths and how to incorporate faith into their daily lives.”

The Perkins are members of First Baptist Church Jackson.

Photo: Bobby Perkins

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