Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Summer 2011

Mike Huckabee Strikes the Right Chord

The former governor attracts a record Scholarship Banquet crowd

huckabee-1.jpgWeighing in on everything from President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis in Libya to rising federal debt to his own Christian faith then wrapping it all up with a performance on the bass guitar, Gov. Mike Huckabee wowed a record crowd at MC’s spring scholarship banquet.

Close to 700 guests were on hand when Gov. Huckabee took the stage as the guest speaker at the annual banquet on March 28. The former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate recently announced that he will not make a second run at the White House.

“I don’t need the presidential race to have a platform,” the former Baptist preacher said. “Whether voters like me or not, I’m more interested in the evaluation I receive from Almighty God. I want to hear six words – well done, good and faithful servant.”

Gov. Huckabee mixed humor with his political message at MC’s annual scholarship event, which attracted a record crowd, including 1st District U.S. Representative and MC trustee Alan Nunnelee, 3rd District U.S. Representative Gregg Harper, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and Hinds Community College President Clyde Muse.

While he worries about what America's rising debt will mean for future generations and remains troubled by how President Obama is managing the economy and global issues, Huckabee is upbeat about the nation’s future, saying, “I’m not a gloom and doomer.” During a question and answer session, Huckabee also offered insights on issues ranging from energy to the need to revamp the nation’s tax system. Gov. Huckabee delighted the MC crowd by showing off his guitar-playing talents, performing with the Chris Derrick Group.

This year’s banquet raised more than $286,000 for scholarships at MC. Since 2008, the annual event has generated more than $1 million.

The event is a key part of Mississippi College’s $80 million “Growing the Vision” campaign, which will wrap up with a celebration during the Mississippi College Homecoming weekend in October 2011.

With another renowned speaker and a record crowd on hand, MC Trustee Bill Sones was delighted to see the series he helped launch become such a success, saying, “This banquet has become a meaningful part of life at Mississippi College.”



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