- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two new members are joining the Mississippi State Board of Health.

Dr. Dwalia South of Ripley is a family practice physician.

B.J. Phillips of Brandon had a long career with the Mississippi State Department of Health, starting as a microbiologist in 1965. She earned a doctorate in public health and was director of clinical laboratories and director of the office of health regulations for the department. Phillips retired in 1998 as deputy state health officer.

Gov. Phil Bryant nominated both women to the 11-member board in June, and they began serving Wednesday. They eventually must be confirmed by the state Senate.

The Legislature’s next regular session begins in January. It’s not unusual for nominees for state boards to serve several months before confirmation.

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