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Flowood Center Director Sara Kimmel Receives Mississippi World Trade Center Award

October 5, 2012

Sara Kimmel, director of Mississippi College’s Flowood Center, will receive a major award from the Mississippi World Trade Center.

The honor will come at a November 15th awards luncheon at the Jackson Hilton. The annual meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Jackson-based non-profit group assists Mississippi businesses with all aspects of international trade. Mississippi’s $12 billion export market continues to grow.

A professor in the School of Business in addition to her duties at the two-year-old Flowood Center in Rankin County, Kimmel is the recipient of the organization’s international education partnership award.

“Your work exemplifies the importance and value of educating students about the intrinsic value of international trade and cultural exchange to our state’s economic well-being,” says Barbara Travis, the Mississippi World Trade Center’s executive director.

The award, she said, is based upon Kimmel’s “long-standing history of active participation and support of the organization’s mission, programs and services.”

A graduate of Belhaven University, Kimmel received her MBA at Millsaps College and doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi. She’s taught courses including the global dimensions of business and the principles of management and organizational behavior.

Kimmel served as coordinator of the international studies program at Belhaven University before joining the Mississippi College business faculty and heading the Flowood Center in 2010. Next-door to the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, the center offers Accelerated Degree Program classes that enable working adults to take undergraduate classes two nights a week. The courses include accounting, business administration, finance, marketing, public relations and sociology.

 School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo and Graduate School Dean Debbie Norris are among the MC leaders commending Kimmel’s latest achievement.

“We are very proud to see the outstanding work and leadership of Dr. Sara Kimmel recognized by an organization with the reach of the Mississippi World Trade Center,” Eduardo said. “This is a further affirmation of the quality and commitment to service of all our faculty.”

The awards ceremony recognizes people for excellence in the development of global arts and culture, in trade, international tourism attraction and business leadership. The Mississippi World Trade Center is located near the Jackson Convention Center and offers educational seminars, market research and networking opportunities to businesses across the Magnolia State.

For more information, visit the website www.mswtc.org or call Tracy Diez at 601.353.0909.

Photo: Sara Kimmel

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