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MC Art Professor Honored by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education

April 14, 2008

Dr. Randy Miley and his wife, Vicky, shared the spotlight when they received awards from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

The honors came earlier this month at the Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian.

A native of Jackson and chairman of the MC Department of Art, Randy Miley received the organization's annual Higher Education Award. "In all ways, Dr. Miley is an exemplary model, a gentleman, a scholar and a visionary of artistic truth and imagination," says Lola Norris, the executive director of the arts education alliance.

An accomplished artist, Miley regularly exhibits his own work. The 1977 University of Southern Mississippi graduate has served as president of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. The awards program was established in 2000 to honor and recognize significant contributions and service to arts education in Mississippi.

"Words cannot express how proud I am" to receive the higher education award, Randy Miley said. The certificate from the organization is now on display in his office in Aven Hall on the Clinton campus. He's chaired the Department of Arts at MC for five years.

The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education made an excellent selection, said Debbie Norris, dean of MC's Graduate School. "I have worked for years with Dr. Randy Miley. He continually provides effective academic leadership to his art faculty and students," she said.

Vicky R. Miley, a visual art teacher at Pearl High School, was among five Mississippi teachers picking up the Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator Award for 2008. The award is named in honor of Mississippi's senior U.S. senator, a valued nationwide friend of the arts for years. Also getting the award: Frances Hassell, a music teacher at Beechwood Elementary in Vicksburg, Juniper Wallace, a theatre teacher at Brandon High, and the team of AnnClaire Bennett and Ann Nelson, both kindergarten teachers at Oak Grove Primary School in Hattiesburg.

Promoting high-quality arts education for every student in K-12 schools in the Magnolia State is the mission of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. The group is a member of the Kennedy Center for Arts Education Network.

PHOTO: Dr. Randy Miley

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