Mississippi College

School of Business Dedicates Ed Trehern Management Education Center

October 29, 2008

Mississippi College's Ed Trehern Management Education Center is named for a former MC football captain who's a proven team leader in the business world.

The center is designed to assist with the education of students in the MC School of Business. It is named for Trehern, a Pascagoula native and 1969 MC business graduate who's been an executive with Delta Health Group since 1993.

President Lee Royce will serve as keynote speaker for dedication ceremonies Nov. 6 at the center on the third floor of Self Hall. School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo, students and others in the MC family will be welcome Trehern for the occasion at 11 a.m. The center includes a lecture hall and classroom.

The Delta Health Group is a longterm care company operating in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Trehern has been in charge of acquisition, development, and corporate and facility debt with the company the past 15 years. He's also worked in property development with the firm. Prior to joining the company, he was one of four founding partners of Skyler Mississippi in 1988 and served as its president and CEO until it became Delta Health Group.

Over the years, Delta Health Group has expanded to include the areas of therapy, pharmacy, hospice care, medical supplies and other ancillary businesses. With revenue in excess of $350 million and more than 6,000 employees, the company brings a solid reputation for its quality of care.

During his undergraduate days at Mississippi College, Trehern was a top-notch football player. He was named the Choctaws' best defensive football player for two years and became team captain his senior year. After graduation, he taught school and coached at the high school and middle school levels and later went to work for First Federal Savings & Loan. During his 12-year career with the company he served as senior vice president in charge of all lending and human resources.

Trehern is a familiar face at his alma mater in Clinton. He's addressed MC School of Business students as part of the school's Distinguished Speakers Series. He was the 2007 Alumnus of the Year for the School of Business.

Today, the Gulf Coast native continues to speak highly of the education he received at Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College. "When I came to MC, the professors, coaches and leaders continued that lifestyle by example, as one of my professors was my Sunday School teacher," Trehern said. "These role models helped reinforce my spiritual foundation at an age in my life when life decisions and lifestyles were made and chosen.''

Trehern's parents were a big influence with their commitment to hard work, church and prayer. His dad, he recalled, worked 40 years for the same company and never took a sick day.

Trehern is married to the former Jan Griffin and they have two daughters, Kourtni and Kimily, who is an MC student. He's served on the Mississippi State Nursing Board and is active in community and church activities.

Dedication ceremonies to trumpet the new Trehern Management Education Center at Self Hall adds a nice touch to a building that's experienced a transformation for more than a year thanks to more than $1.2 million in renovations. The Self Hall makeover is creating modern classrooms, a revamped auditorium and bringing new technology to a building dating back to the mid-1960s.

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