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Jim grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and attended the University of Mississippi for undergraduate study. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, and was concurrently employed for three years by the Office of Admissions. After graduation, he worked for a time in Charleston, South Carolina as a historic interpreter for the Charleston Museum, where he was tasked with constructing tours of noteworthy historical properties. Upon moving back to Mississippi in early 2011, Jim spent two years with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, where he served as an insurance broker and conducted healthcare reform research and training. Feeling led back to higher education to both further his studies and begin a new career, Jim accepted a job as Assistant to the Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Mississippi College in September 2013. He is now serving as the Director of Career Services, and received a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration in December 2016. He is passionate about assisting students in realizing and tapping into their God-given potential.
Jim and his wife, Allison, and sons, Henry and Russ, currently reside in Madison and are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church.
His top 5 strengths include: Connectedness, Learner, Achiever, Input, and Context.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Taylor was born and raised in Auburn, AL. She attended Mississippi State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. After graduating, she went on to be a Customer Service Representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, where she gained irreplaceable knowledge of the corporate workplace, and grew professionally as a communicator. Over time she began to feel the Lord pushing her into a different career direction. A short time later she accepted an opportunity to work for Delta Air Lines, and traveled the world while being based out of New York City. This was her dream from a very early age, and she was determined to make it happen. However, she quickly learned that this lifestyle was not everything that she had imagined. Taylor knew God had blessed her with a naturally ability to interact with many types of personalities and enjoyed working with people, but she wanted to make more of a difference in people’s lives directly. After months of prayer a door opened for her at Millsaps College serving as the Internship Coordinator in the Center for Career Education. In this position she was able to use her talents to work on a professional level with students as well as assist in building the internship program. One of the most rewarding parts of her job was helping students realize their professional potential. She is now looking forward to bringing that energy to Mississippi College.
Mississippi College was the perfect opportunity for growth in her professional career. Taylor has a passion for higher education and is beyond thrilled to become a part of this College staff. She has recently become engaged, and once married will be moving to Clinton, Mississippi where she looks forward to becoming a part of the community. Taylor truly believes the Lord has given her this opportunity to make a difference, and is looking forward to getting started. Go Choctaws!!! Taylor’s Top 5 strengths are: Includer, Positivity, Developer, Communication, and Belief.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Annsley McRae is a junior marketing major from Tishomingo, Mississippi. She is a part of Student Government Association, Swannanoa Social Tribe, Welcome Week Crew, Investment Club and Christian Development Committee. Annsley additionally works as the Athletic Department Photographer throughout the school year. When she's not at school, Annsley works summers for LifeWay FUGE camps as a Bible study leader. Her strengths include discipline, belief, responsibility, consistency and harmony.
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
Emma grew up in Columbus, Mississippi and graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in 2014. She is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Mississippi College. In addition to working on campus in the Career Services office, Emma is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honors society. KDP provides service opportunities involving children and schools in the surrounding areas, giving her the chance to improve the well being of students and their learning environments. Planning to continue her education after graduation and obtain a Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy, Emma hopes to become a dyslexia therapist in Mississippi. Emma’s top five strengths are: Empathy, Developer, Relator, Ideation, and Belief.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
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