Lowe with Chamber of Commerce representatives

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Melinda Lowe, interim director of Outreach & Innovation at Mississippi University for Women, was the recipient of the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Volunteer Award.

The award was presented to Lowe at the Chamber’s annual luncheon and magazine launch earlier this week.

“Melinda has had a direct effect on our success at the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. She has gone above and beyond to serve our community and our chamber. Melinda has invested many hours in to multiple committees and our Board and we are forever grateful for everything she has given,” said Joey Bragg, Chamber president.

Volunteers were selected based on their time of involvement with the Chamber, number of committees served and volunteer hours, Bragg added.

Lowe has served on the Chamber’s Education Committee three years—one year as chairman. She has served on the Board of Directors for two years. In addition, she is a member of the Lowndes Young Leaders advisory board.

On campus, she has served as the co-project director for CHAMPS, a multi-million dollar educational research grant, since 2012.

Before joining The W, Lowe worked for the Columbus Municipal School District for 16 years as an elementary teacher, curriculum coordinator, professional development coordinator, and she developed the STAR New Teacher Induction program.

She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University and her master of education in educational leadership from The W. Lowe is a National Board Certified Teacher, IC3 certified and has conducted numerous trainings for educators, parents and various non-profit organizations.


July 20, 2016
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