Professor Billy Morehead Receives National Award
June 20, 2012
Mississippi College professor Billy Morehead is the recipient of a national leadership award from the Association of Government Accountants.
Morehead joined the MC School of Business faculty in August 2011 as an associate professor of accountancy following an award-winning career at Delta State University and in state government.
The Greenville native will receive the association’s Robert W. King Memorial Award named for the organization’s founding president who launched the group in 1950 along with federal government accountants. The association expanded in 1975 to include state and local government finance professionals.
At the group’s July 29-August 1 meeting in San Diego, Morehead will be honored for his distinguished service that enhanced the association’s national stature, advanced government accountability and served as a role model for future leaders.
Morehead served the AGA as its national president and treasurer. He joined the Jackson, Mississippi chapter in 1986 including service as its president.
“There’s no greater honor than being recognized by your peers for devoting yourself unselfishly to improving government financial accountability,” Moorhead said. The award also reflects the hard work of many others during his career, he added.
Morehead is former interim dean of the College of Business at Delta State where he also served as vice president for finance and administration. A former auditor with the Mississippi Auditor’s Office, he earned degrees in accounting from Delta State and Millsaps College and a doctorate in international development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo offered his congratulations to Morehead for his latest achievement. In May 2011, the Mississippian received the S.E. Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award at Delta State.
For the past half-dozen years, Morehead also served Mississippi Baptists as a member and chairman of the Education Commission. Its members include the presidents of Mississippi College, William Carey University and Blue Mountain College.
This week, the Mississippi College professor and his wife, Audrey, attended the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans. Thousands of delegates voted to elect the Rev. Fred Luter, Jr. its first African-American president in the history of the 167-year-old organization.
Photo: Billy Morehead