MVSU students selected for Inaugural New Leadership Program



Ms. Jennifer Freeman

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ITTA  BENA- (May 16, 2013) – The Mississippi Valley State University Women’s Institute for Excellence would like
to announce that four students have been accepted into the 1st Annual
New Leadership Mississippi Program. Jessica Lamb, Martiza Johnson, Ester Nwaka
and Zuliat Owade were selected to represent MVSU and to participate in the
weeklong program. Dr. Heather McTeer Toney, executive director of the MVSU
Women’s Institute for Excellence, will also serve as one of three faculty
members in residence for the program.

The program will be held May 20-24 on the campus of the Mississippi University for
Women and is hosted by the Stennis Institute for Public Service. Participants
are able to attend with all expenses paid by the program.

“It speaks volumes to not only the caliber of students we educate at MVSU, but also the fact that their ideas and perspectives are sought after in our state. The University is proud of these young ladies and look forward to watching them grow from what they learned from the program, said,” Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr., acting president of MVSU.

According to the Stennis Institute, the 1st Annual New Leadership Mississippi Program will bring together female college students from all eight public universities, seven private colleges, and 12 community colleges in the state. These young women will discuss the value that women bring to leadership positions in government and be encouraged to pursue leadership opportunities. Students will learn about women in politics, women’s paths to power, obstacles to women’s leadership, attitudes toward women leaders, and strategies to encourage full participation and representation of women in political leadership.

“It’s wonderful to know that 4 of the 35 young ladies attending are from MVSU and that we rank along with The University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi in terms of students selected.  We also have the largest group from any HBCU in Mississippi,” said Heather McTeer Toney, executive director of Women’s Institute for Excellence.”


Initially created by the state legislature in 1946 to train teachers for rural and elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta,

Mississippi Valley State University is one of eight state supported institutions for higher education in the state of Mississippi’s consortium of Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL).

Mississippi Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga., 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi Valley State University.


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