- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday named four men to nine-year terms on the College Board that will begin May 9 if they are confirmed by the state Senate.

The 12-member board governs Mississippi’s eight public universities, appointing presidents and the higher education commissioner.

Former Tupelo Mayor and Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. was named to a northern district seat to succeed Aubrey Patterson, also of Tupelo. McCullough, 60, was also a director of the Appalachian Regional Commission from 1993 to 1997. He currently works as a consultant, primarily to the energy industry. McCullough, who ran unsuccessfully for the 1st Congressional District seat held by the recently deceased Alan Nunnelee, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1Eu4ode ) that he would not seek the seat again. McCullough earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University.

Businessman Thomas Duff of Columbia was named to a southern district seat to succeed Robin Robinson of Laurel. Duff and his brother, Jim, operate Duff Capital Investors, which owns eight companies including T.L. Wallace Construction, truck-tire dealer Southern Tire Mart and wood chip hauler Forest Products Transports, all based in Columbia. They also own Pine Belt Ford and Pine Belt Chevrolet of Purvis, T.K. Stanley Oilfield Services of Waynesboro, Jackson-based refrigerated trucking firm KLLM Transport Services, and Texas-based Frozen Food Express.

The 58-year-old Duff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. USM named its athletic center for the Duffs in 2012 after a donation.

Delta Council Executive Vice President Chip Morgan of Leland was named to a central district seat to succeed Bob Owens of Jackson. Morgan, 63, has led the Mississippi Delta regional group, which lobbies for farming, transportation, economic development and health care issues, since 1982. Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Alfred McNair of Gautier was appointed to a southern district seat to succeed Ed Blakeslee of Gulfport. A gastroenterologist, the 62-year-old McNair is the chief of medical staff at Biloxi Regional Medical center and founder of Mississippi Centers for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities. He also helped develop the Savannah Pines subdivision in St. Martin. McNair was a member of the state Board of Health from 2002 to 2009. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tougaloo College and attended medical school at Columbia University.

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