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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:44am

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 15, 2013 - Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, will speak at William Carey University’s graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Nearly 800 students will graduate from WCU in four ceremonies.

In addition to his position as president of ADP, Newell is also the president of the regional Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Division and the Economic Division for Greater Hattiesburg. Before moving to Hattiesburg in 2009, Newell spent nearly two decades involved in economic development circles in Tennessee, Alabama, and across Southeast Mississippi.
In Tennessee, he spent three years as a developer with Newton Oldacre McDonald, a full-service retail development firm based in Nashville. He spent the previous 10 years in Alabama assisting existing businesses with expansion plans and recruiting new companies to the state. Newell was an integral part of teams that led to billions of dollars in capital investments and thousands of new jobs created across the state of Alabama. He also served as executive vice president with the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham for three years, and as the economic development director for the City of Opelika for four years. Before Opelika, Newell was the business development director for the Mobile area chamber of commerce. He has also worked for the Center for Policy Research and Planning in Jackson and with other economic development agencies in Southeast Mississippi during graduate school.

A native of Meridian, Newell completed his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and his master’s from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 19 years and have three children; Garrett, Jordan, and Brooks.
 

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 2:32pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 10, 2013 - For the fourth consecutive year William Carey University will have a record number of graduates. Over 800 students will receive degrees at Carey in one of four graduation ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students of the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses May 17-18. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will preside at the ceremonies.

The ceremony for students on the Hattiesburg campus receiving graduate degrees is Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker for the ceremony is Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership. He is also the president of the regional Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Division and the Economic Division for Greater Hattiesburg. Before moving to Hattiesburg in 2009, Newell spent nearly two decades involved in economic development circles in Tennessee, Alabama, and across Southeast Mississippi. He was an integral part of teams that led to billions of dollars in capital investments and thousands of new jobs created across the state of Alabama.

The first ceremony for students receiving undergraduate degrees on the Hattiesburg campus is Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences will be recognized.

The speaker for the 9:30 ceremony is Sen. John Polk. Sen. Polk, owner and chairman of the corporation for Polk’s Meat Products, Inc., was elected to a four-year term in the Mississippi State Senate in 2011. He serves District 44, representing parts of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties.  In August of 2012, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Sen. Polk as Chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee.  He has served on multiple other committees as well, and through the years has also owned and operated a radio station, been involved in cattle farming, tree farming, and a pizza restaurant, and dabbled in interstate trucking. 
The second ceremony for students receiving undergraduate degrees on the Hattiesburg campus is Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. This ceremony will honor graduates receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music.

The speaker for the 1 p.m. ceremony is Sen. Chris McDaniel. Sen. McDaniel, a partner in the law firm of Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC. in Laurel, is a two-term state senator who has authored numerous pieces of legislation, including Nathan’s Law and the Mississippi Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Mississippi and has represented some of the largest corporations in the country. In 2010, he was named one of the Top-50 leading lawyers in Mississippi. Sen. McDaniel has also been published by numerous newspapers, including many online conservative news organizations, such as Townhall.com, FreeRepublic.com and Chronwatch.com. He is the former president of Right Side Radio, LLC., a pro-Christian organization dedicated to the advocacy of conservative philosophy and ideals.

 The ceremony for Tradition graduate and undergraduate students is Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Col. Stan Harris, assistant U.S. attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, will serve as the guest speaker for the Tradition graduation. Col. Harris began his current position in February 2013 after completing over one year as legal advisor for Task Force 2010, the Department of Defense anti-procurement fraud unit in Afghanistan. Previously, he served as command judge advocate for Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, where he was assigned after deployment with the 155th Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his service in Iraq, Col. Harris worked for the Department of Justice, serving as first assistant U.S. attorney (chief-of-staff) as well as ethics advisor and anti-terrorism coordinator. Previously, he served on the Washington staff of former Sen. Trent Lott for 16 years.

For more graduation information, call the Office of the Registrar at (601) 318-6195.
 

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 11:06am

Hattiesburg, Miss., August 6, 2012 -

(left to right) Judge Keith Starrett, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, poses with Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, prior to one of the university’s four commencement ceremonies held August 3-4. Judge Starrett spoke at WCU’s commencement ceremony for Tradition campus students receiving both graduate and undergraduate degrees held on Saturday, August 4, in Smith Auditorium at 4 p.m.

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 10:56am

Hattiesburg, Miss., August 2, 2012 -

(left to right) Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, poses with Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, prior to one of the university’s four commencement ceremonies held August 3-4. Dr. Graham spoke at WCU’s commencement ceremony for Hattiesburg campus graduate students held on Saturday, August 4.