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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

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November 2, 2006     Video

Greenville, Mississippi native and veteran of over 70 legislative campaigns, Jere Nash is co-author of Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006. Mr. Nash is a consultant on matters ranging from political campaigns, issue referenda, public relations for businesses and law firms, research and writing, and producing radio and television commercials. Mr. Nash served as campaign manager, director of policy, and chief of staff for Governor Ray Mabus in the 1980s. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Nash held the position of chief operating officer of Stewpot Community Services, Inc., a program organization for low-income and disadvantaged men, women, and children. A resident of Jackson, Mississippi, Jere Nash holds a Masters degree in public administration from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering Louisiana Tech University.

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A long-time presence in Mississippi's governmental, policy, and political arenas, Andy Taggart is currently a member of the Madison County, Mississippi Board of Supervisors and of a number of other boards and committees throughout Mississippi. A graduate of Mississippi College and the Tulane University School of Law, Mr. Taggart served as executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party in 1984 and later as Chief of Staff for Governor Kirk Fordice. During the 1990s, Mr. Taggart taught as an adjunct professor of history and political science at Mississippi College and in 1992 was named MC's Distinguished Alumnus in Political Science. From 2002 to 2005, he was president and chief executive officer of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a non-profit economic development company devoted to the creation and enhancement of more and higher-paying jobs in Mississippi's technology and innovation sectors.