Mississippi State University Libraries' Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series continued on November 29, 2011, with Mississippi's Lt. Governor-Elect Tate Reeves. The event was held in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room beginning at 2 p.m.
Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He served as Mississippi's 53rd Treasurer – the first Republican to serve in this capacity in Mississippi's history – elected in 2003 and again in 2007 with the highest percentage (61%) of any candidate running for statewide office. Reeves is an honors graduate of Millsaps College, holding a bachelor's degree in economics and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA).
Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves represents the State of Mississippi as a member of the Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of College Savings Plans of Mississippi and the Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund. In 2007 Reeves was named as one of 42 national "Rising Star(s) in the Republican Party" by Rising Tide magazine – the publication of the Republican National Committee.
Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves and his wife, Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native, are the proud parents of their two daughters, Sarah Tyler and Elizabeth Magee. The Reeves family has been very committed to many civic and charitable organizations in Mississippi – including the Mississippi Society of Disabilities, UMC Children's Cancer Clinic, Middle Mississippi Girl Scout Council, Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi, the YMCA, the United Way, Stewpot Ministries, the Exchange Club Parent Child Center, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series is sponsored by MSU Libraries, MSU's John C. Stennis Institute of Government, The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, The Congressional and Political Research Center, and the Stennis-Montgomery Association. The Collins Speaker Series brings leading figures of the day to the MSU campus to engage in close, personal discussions about their lives and careers.
For more information on the Collins Speaker Series, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.
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