JACKSON, MS – The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has selected Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University (JSU), to serve as President for the 2020-21 membership year.

Robinson is the first African American to serve as FCS ADA President. He takes over for Kent Haslam, director of athletics at the University of Montana, who served for the 19-20 year and will transition to Immediate Past President. In addition to Robinson, the following athletics directors will serve as FCS ADA Officers for the 2020-21 membership year: 1st Vice President Nicki Moore, director of athletics at Colgate University; 2nd Vice President Tom Michael, director of athletics at Eastern Illinois University and 3rd Vice President Milton Overton, director of athletics at Kennesaw State University.

“It’s an honor to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” said Robinson, who begins his second year at the helm at JSU. “Our highest priorities remain giving voice to our membership while supporting both the incredible sport of football and the FCS brand. We are dedicated to building upon the outstanding work of the FCS ADA and ensuring our student-athletes have the first-class academic and athletics experiences they so deserve.”

Robinson is a Mississippi Valley State University graduate. As a four-year letterman in basketbal at MVSU where he is the single-season and career record-holder in assists after playing point guard for the Delta Devils. An MVSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, Robinson also was named MVSU Athlete of the Year in 2002, receiving the President’s Scholar Award in that same year. He served as the Athletic Director for MVSU during the 2012-13 academic year.

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About the FCS ADA

Now in its 27 year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 56th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

ITTA BENA – A Mississippi Valley State University alumnus recently teamed up with his employer to present the institution with a $5,000 grant.

According to a press release by the university, Itta Bena native Kortney Haymore, a 2017 graduate of MVSU’s Environmental Health program, currently serves as an industrial hygienist with Gobbell Hays Partners (GHP), Inc. in San Antonio.

The company recently awarded its inaugural $5,000 community grant to MVSU by way of a nomination made by Haymore.

“When GHP first announced the contest, I knew I wanted to nominate MVSU – particularly the Environmental Science program. Valley is the only school in the Mississippi Delta with an Environmental Health program and that makes it unique,” said Haymone.

In a post announcing MVSU as the recipient of the award, GHP stated, “Thank you, MVSU for equipping bright minds like Kortney to improve environment health in Mississippi and across the world.”

Dameon Shaw, MVSU’s interim vice president for university advancement, said that the grant will help equip more students with skills to make a different in a global society.

“We are thankful to GHP for being visionaries in giving back. We are also excited that one of our alums, Mr. Kortney Haymore, has found a place in this amazing company,” said Shaw. “Korney’s love for the University motivated him to nominate MVSU for the company’s first-ever community grant, which will enable us to touch the lives of more students and improve our capacity to serve our community.”

For Haymore, Valley has been a beacon of light and having the chance to give back means a great deal to him.

“The professors poured so much knowledge into me and countless others assisted me throughout my matriculation at MVSU, so now to be able to reach out and help another student means everything to me,” he added.

GHP specializes in the fields of Architecture, Forensic Architecture, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), LEED/Sustainability and Project Management in Healthcare, Hospitality, Historic Renovation, Multi-Family, Government, Laboratories, Commercial and Education. This firm is one of the first to successfully integrate architectural design with environmental and industrial hygiene consultation.

To learn more about GHP visit, www.ghp1.com.

To learn more about MVSU’s Environment Health program, call (662) 254-3377 or visit www.mvsu.edu.

Dr. Elizabeth Evans

ITTA BENA, MS – Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. Jerryl Briggs has announced Dr. Elizabeth Evans as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, according to a press release by the university. Her appointment comes after the sudden death of Dr. Constance Bland, who was the current Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Bland passed away on October 9.

In this role, Evans will as the institution’s chief academic officer, overseeing the Office of Academic Affairs. As a member of the institution’s Executive and Extended Cabinets. She was also play an integral role in the overall management of the institution.

“Dr. Evans has had a remarkable career, both in the United States Air Force and here at Mississippi Valley State University,” said Briggs. “She is extremely committed to our students and university’s success, and I look forward to her continuing to more our academic mission forward.”

Evans, who most recently served as the associate vice president of academic affairs, said she is humbled by the opportunity to serve.

“My experience in the military and the field of education have converged to prepare me for this executive administrative position. I embrace the opportunity and welcome supportive ideas,” she said.

A 1975 graduate of Genty High School in Indianola, Miss. Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Mississippi Valley State University, where she was commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program (1979).

She is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force, where she spent the first 20 years of that time in the “Space Operations” career field working with satellites and their role in the defense of the United States of America. The remaining four years were spent recruiting, educating, training, motivating, and selecting college students for military service.

Her years of active military service and specialized training are foundational pillars for her experience in leading various technical, operational and research/study groups, leading various groups and project, managing organizational budgets, and developing and implementing organizational policies. She tire as a Lieutenant Colonel in November 2003.

Evans joined the Mississippi Valley State University faculty in the fall of 2003, serving in the Social Science Department. Her service included teaching as well as membership in and leadership of various university and departmental committees, academic program coordinator, program internship coordinator, membership in and leadership of the MVSU Faculty, Senate, and acting department chair.

She began serving as associate vice president of academic affairs in Feb. 2017. Her tenure included developing and implementing policies, procedures and practices designed to ensure effective delivery of academic programs at the undergraduate an graduate levels.

Among her responsibilities were planning and supervising the improvement of academic programs and faculty development, collaborating with department chairs and faculty to implement the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), communicating and advancing the mission and core values of the University by ensuring that Academic Affairs has positioned the University’s academic programs to carry out such, and collaborating with senior leadership in the periodic review of academic programs to monitor the institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) program productivity.

Evans’ primary interest in student achievement. She believes that teaching is more than the giving of information; is it working to ensure learning takes place.

Evans is the mother of two children, Constance Caesar and Lawrence Caesar, and on granddaughter, Caitlyn Caesar.