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Flowood Center Staffer Matilda Patrick Wins Chamber Award

Matilda Patrick

In her two years working at Mississippi College’s Flowood Center, Matilda Patrick has recruited potential students, served as a liaison with the Rankin County community, and helped prepare promotional materials.

When it comes to overseeing day-to-day operations at MC’s branch in Rankin County, Patrick is an outstanding staff member who works to do God’s will.

Her Mississippi College colleagues and leaders with the Flowood Chamber of Commerce are taking notice. In April, Patrick was honored at a Flowood chamber luncheon in April as the organization’s Administrative Professional of the Year.

A full-time mother with two teen-age children, and a dedicated employee at the Flowood Center, Patrick is presently working on her MBA at the Christian university’s Clinton campus.

The Jackson native is a graduate of MC’s Accelerated Degree Program, and she often tells her higher education success story when recruiting students.

Sara Kimmel, the director of the Flowood Center, says the fast-growing Flowood chamber made a great choice.

Although Patrick has worked for Mississippi College for just two years, “she has already distinguished herself as a great representative for the university,” Kimmel said. Her dedication, kindness and compassion shines through whether she’s handling phone calls or meeting with Flowood Center visitors face to face, she said.

A December 2008 MC alumnus, Patrick said receiving the award was a humbling and joyous experience.

“I’m truly grateful,” Patrick said. “This was a complete surprise.”

A former part-time staff member in the banking industry, Patrick says she always strives to work with integrity and do God’s will.

A graduate of Jackson’s Bailey Magnet High School, Patrick is very devoted to her church and family. She and her husband, Creston, a lead service technician for Coca-Cola, are the parents of Brooklyn, 15, a Callaway High student, and Jaylen, 12, who attends the Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson.

Representing the business community, the Flowood Chamber selected this year’s winner from a number of well-qualified nominees. Patrick serves as the vice president of the chamber’s Flowood Referral Exchange.

Whether Matilda Patrick leaves her office near the Dogwood Promenade Mall or sticks around the two-story building off Lakeland Drive, she’s like a walking billboard for the Baptist-affiliated university. “I love the school,” she said. Offering evening classes two days a week for working adults in metro Jackson, “ADP worked well for me.”

ADP classes are offered on the Clinton campus and at the Flowood Center two evenings per week in such areas as sociology, business administration, marketing, public relations and accounting.