About The W


Arts, Music & Literature

Lynne Bryant
Author of Catfish Alley and Alligator Lake.

Denise Dillard
Playwright and winner of the American Theatre Festival's National Student Playwright Award, whose play, Blue Collar Blues, was performed in the Kennedy Center.

Chris Fryar
Musician, Drummer for Zac Brown Band

Valerie Jaudon
Only Mississippi woman artist featured in H.H. Arnason's History of Modern Art (third edition).

Penelope J. Stokes

Eudora Welty *
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading lady of letters in America.

Blanche Colton Williams *
Writer who started the nationally prominent O.Henry Short Story Awards.

The mothers of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner both attended MUW.


Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch
Dean of Academic Instruction, Itawamba Community College

Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward
President of Blue Mountain College, retired

Dr. Phillip "Flapp" Cockrell
Associate Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, Jackson State University


Helen Carloss
First women to argue a case before all of the United States courts of appeals

Hon. Kay Beevers Cobb
Retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice

Hon. Mary Libby Bickerstaff Payne
Retired Mississippi Appeals Court Judge

Hon. Lenore Prather
First woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in Mississippi.

Media & Personalities

Joe Barnes
Anchor of WCBI-TV, Columbus, Mississippi.

Kathy Coole
Miss Mississippi 1973.

Cheryl Cooper
Prize Winning Marketer

L. Kim Kimbrough
Award-winning New York Times Syndicate journalist and first female auto racing manager for Fortune 500 company Allied-Signal (now Honeywell)

Liza Cirlot Looser
CEO of Cirlot Agency, one of America's leading marketing agencies.

Linkie Marais
TV Chef from Food Network Star Season 8.

Cindy Pond
President of Taylor & Pond, one of America's leading digital marketing agencies.

Toni Seawright
First black Miss Mississippi - 1987.


Dr. Eddie Betcher
OB-GYN Physician serving the Columbus and Amory areas. Former chairman of the MUW Foundation.

Sister Mary Trinita Eddington
Inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Hall of Fame in 2010. Recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as a 2012 Healthcare Hero. Her clinic sees the homeless, uninsured, and underprivileged at no charge to the patient.

Marlene Hurst
President of Hurst Review Services, a NCLEX review service. Established her business in 1988 and it has become one of the primary review services and is recognized throughout the region.

Johnnie Judson
Nurse recruiter for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Dr. Pam Johnson Rowsey
Associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

Judy Stevens*
Nurse practitioner and owner of the Evergreen Clinic in the Evergreen Community, which to that point had no healthcare facility. First nurse practitioner in the state of Mississippi to own a clinic.

Dr. Mary Ware
Former IHL Director of Nursing Education from 2003-2007. Inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Hall of Fame in 2009.

Military & Politics

Dorothy Bush *
Served as the secretary of the National Democratic Party for 45 years.

Sen. Nancy Collins
Current Mississippi State Senator from District 6.

Sen. Sally Doty
Current Mississippi State Senator from District 39.

Rep. Ester Harrison
Current Mississippi State Representative from District 41.

Susan C Hovanec *
Served as senior adviser at the U.S. State Department's Office of International Women's Issues

Lt. Col. Troy Lewis
Georgia Air National Guard

Evelyn McPhail *
Served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

Maj. Andy Thaggard
Mississippi National Guard

Shannon A. Truesdell-Rader
First female Navy ABH3 Aircraft Crash and Salvage Firefighting Crew Member on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVN 69


Dr. Susan Stephens Golden
Scientist and Professor of Biology who was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Elizabeth Hazen *
Scientist who was the co-discoverer of the world's leading antifungal medication.

Dr. Doris Taylor
Scientist known for achievements in stem cell research.

* Deceased