Department of Public Policy Leadership

University of Mississippi


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Lott Newsletter April 2018

See below the March Newsletter from the Lott Advisory Board

Lott Newsletter March 2018 – Final

See below the February Newsletter from the Lott Advisory Board

Feb. Lott Newsletter

Lott Leadership Institute

Public Policy Leadership

2018 Summer Study in China

The Lott Leadership Institute (LLI) and the Department of Public Policy Leadership (PPL) are pleased to announce 2018 Summer Study in China Program. Eligibility for LLI scholarships is limited to students majoring in PPL and enrollment preference is given to PPL majors. Application is open to all PPL students. Ten students will be selected for this program, and students selected and awarded LLI scholarship will be responsible, if they withdraw, for whatever cost incurred by the time of their withdrawal.

North China University of Technology, Beijing, China

Dates: June 5 – July 4, 2018 (tentative)

Students earn six credit hours (PPL 496) during the course of this program.

The Lott Leadership Institute will provide scholarship up to $3,500 for each participant selected. (A request will be made for PPL students to meet with U.S. Ambassador to China in Beijing.)


Estimated Budget Per Student
Program Price

(It includes tuition, orientation, international health insurance, housing, meals, and program sponsored excursions/travel and site visits. Students are responsible for passport fees if they do not have a passport, visa fees when a visa is required, to and from Airport transportation in the U.S., and personal spending money )

Airfare $1,600
TOTAL $6,400

Note: All cost estimates are subject to change and revision.

Inaugural Women in Technology Summit

The University of Mississippi will be holding its first ever Women in Technology summit on Thursday, March 31st, from 3 – 5 pm at the Inn at Ole Miss. Registration will begin at 2:45 pm. The event is geared toward women students with the goal of introducing them to career opportunities that involve technology. Please see for full details.


PPL 2016 Summer Study in China

The Lott Leadership Institute and the Department of Public Policy Leadership are pleased to announce 2016 Summer Study in China Program (May 28 – June 26, 2016, tentatively). Eligibility for LLI scholarships is limited to students majoring in Public Policy Leadership and enrollment preference is given to PPL majors. Students interested in applying for admission to the program and for scholarship support must file an application form by November 9, 2015. Application is open to all PPL students. Ten students will be selected for this program. The Lott Leadership Institute will provide $3,500 scholarship for each selected participant, and each participant is expected to pay the other half of the estimated budget of $7,000. For more information, please come by the PPL office


Representatives from MS State Treasurers’ Office to Speak to Lott Students

Cory Wilson and Emelia Nordan will be speaking to Lott students on Monday, October 27 in the Lott Institute conference room at 11:30 am. Cory and Emelia will be discussing the best practices for internship/job interviews, as well as speaking on their experiences in the “real world” concerning public policy.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.56.34 AMEmelia Nordan is a native of Gulfport, MS and graduated Valedictorian from Stone High School in 2007. In May of 2011 she graduated from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi with a degree in Public Policy Leadership and a minor in Business Management. Emelia has also studied at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, Nelsen Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück,Germany.

She currently works for Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, in the Office of the State Treasurer where she holds the position of College Savings Plans and Policy Director. Emelia oversees the daily operation of Mississippi’s two state sponsored College Savings Programs, MPACT and MACS. She also manages the Treasurer’s new policy initiative, TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) which focuses on financial literacy for Mississippians.

Emelia currently serves as Secretary for the Capitol Area Young Republicans Organization and serves on the board for the Madison County Distinguished Young Woman Program. Emelia and her husband Trey have been married since November of 2011 and currently reside in Madison, MS.


Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.57.00 AMCory Wilson currently serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch. He began serving in this role in March 2014.

A native of Moss Point, Mississippi; Cory Wilson graduatedsumma cum laude in Economics from the Ole Miss School of Business in 1992. He received a law degree from the Yale Law School in 1995. Cory practiced law with two firms in Jackson from 1996 to 2008.  In 2005, Cory was selected as one of twelve White House Fellows, serving from 2005 to 2006 as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. As part of the White House Fellowship, Cory traveled on policy-related trips across the United States, Europe, North Africa, and Latin America.

Cory served from 2008 to 2011 as Chief of Staff for Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  In 2011, Cory returned to private practice. He remains of counsel to the law firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, a law firm based on the Mississippi Coast and in Jackson.

Cory has served as chair of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, is active in the Madison County Business League, and has served on the board of directors of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Cory is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Mississippi Program, during which he met his wife Stephanie. The Wilsons live in Madison County and have one son.  They are members of Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland.

Activist to Make Series of Appearances on UM Campus


 Deepa Iyer speaks with a Public Policy class on Tuesday, October 14

The founder and executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together will be making a series of public appearances at the University from October 14-16. Her schedule includes a lecture on Wednesday (Oct. 15) at the Overby Auditorium and Thursday (Oct. 16) at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Room 1090. Both of these events begin at 5 pm and are free for the public to attend.

Iyer’s appearances are co-sponsored by the William Winter Institute and UM’s Department of Public Policy Leadership. Click here to view the press release and Deepa’s full bio.

Skip Rutheford to Speak to Public Policy Students



Skip Rutherford of Little Rock is Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School (UACS) of Public Service. UACS opened in 2005 and is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It was the first school in the country to offer a Master’s degree in public service.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received the Journalism Department’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas; Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas; the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas; and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

From 1997 until it opened in 2004, Rutherford supervised the planning and construction of the Clinton Presidential Center and Park and served as Founding President of the William J. Clinton Foundation.

He is a former administrative assistant to United States Senator David Pryor (D-AR), and has been active in numerous campaigns and initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. He is the founder and organizer of the Political Animals Club, a non-partisan grassroots organization of community leaders and activists who meet regularly to discuss politics and issues.

He coordinated the 40th anniversary commemoration of the 1957 crisis at Little Rock Central High School. He also coordinated the dedication of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, only the third new commercial airport to open in the previous 25 years.

He served as past president of the Little Rock School Board, was the first president of the advisory board for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts and served on the Lyon College Board of Trustees from 2001-2013. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Mid South and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Rutherford was named Tourism Person of the Year at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and also was honored as the Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association. He is the recipient of the William F. Rector Memorial Award for distinguished civic achievement in Little Rock. When the Clinton Library opened, he was named Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Times newspaper and Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association.

He is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from Just Communities of Arkansas; the Men of Volunteer Achievement from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; the Arkansas Community Service Award from the Arkansas Department of Volunteerism; the Martin Luther King Award from the Black Community Developers, the Community Service Award from the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and the Champion Award from the Home Instruction Program for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY). In 2014, the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas recognized him as the Clara Barton Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year.

NASA Leader to Address Public Policy Students as a Part of Fall Speaker Series

Markeeva Official NASA Headshot

Markeeva Morgan, Avionics Hardware Subsystem Manager, Space Launch Stages at NASA Marshall Flight Center

2014 Fall Speaker Series: September 24th

About the Speaker:

At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Markeeva has served as the Independent Assessments Manager, Risk Management Team Leader, Associate Manager of the Mission Systems Assurance and Technical Support Department, and, most recently, the Manager of the Huntsville Advanced Defense Technology Cluster Initiative. In this role, Markeeva was responsible for coordinating the efforts of many organizations to match collaborative technological capabilities and solutions to Federal technology needs.

Markeeva now serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Program Core Stage Avionics Hardware Subsystems Manager. SLS is NASA’s new flagship launch vehicle being designed to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit to destinations such as near-Earth asteroids and Mars. Markeeva repeatedly has been named a distinguished performer at NASA, a “Rising Marshall Star”, honored by his peers with the “Thinking Outside the Box” award, and one of two NASA recipients of the Black Engineer of the Year Modern Day Technology Leader Award in 2010.

Inducted into the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame and honored with the 2007 Outstanding Young Alumni award, Markeeva earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Mississippi (UM) and Master of Science in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 2006.  A proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Markeeva currently serves or has served on the UM Advisory Boards / Boards of Directors to the School of Engineering, the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, and the University Foundation. He also serves on the Connections Advisory Board for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Huntsville Hospital Development Council.  Markeeva also teaches undergraduate and graduate Management classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he helps develop and encourage the next generation of managers to also be leaders.