Residents of the Magnolia State, as well as Georgia and Ohio, make up Mississippi State 2015 class of Alumni Fellows.
Representing each of the university's academic colleges, the nine individuals honored for distinguished service and achievements in their professional careers return to campus Thursday [Oct. 22] to spend three days with students, faculty and staff members.
Established more than a quarter-century ago, the MSU Alumni Association program serves to expose current students and others to the 137-year-old land-grant institution's most outstanding graduates. While back on campus, those selected share their accumulated knowledge and experiences in a series of classroom presentations and informal gatherings.
"We are proud to continue this tradition of bringing high-caliber alumni back to campus as role models for our students and for our faculty," said Jeff Davis, the association's executive director. "Each individual alumni fellow brings a wealth of experience in his or her field to share with students and faculty across the university."
Fellows, who carry the title for life, are among the university's more than 132,000 living graduates currently residing at locations around the globe.
The College of Forest Resources is honored to recognize Ruth Cook.
Ruth J. Cook of Seminary, a 1982 forestry graduate, directs government affairs and forest certification for the Molpus Woodlands Group LLC. A registered forester in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas, she has been included by the Mississippi Business Journal in its 50 Leading Business Women recognition program. She was Alumnus of the Year for the College of Forest Resources in 2005.