2018-19 Annual Report


The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.



The goal of the Inspired Leaders Series is to invite industry leaders to

answer the question, “What inspires you?” Over the 2018-19 academic

year, we have had the honor of hosting two executives, Ms. Maxine

Coleman and Mr. Duane Lock. During each of their visits, they were

able to engage students in large- and small-group settings through

conversations about what has inspired them in their lives and careers.

Ms. Maxine Coleman, a retired executive from Mars Inc., was chosen

as the fall 2018 Inspired Leader. Ms. Coleman served as vice president,

personnel and organization for Mars Inc., as well as an instructor

at several universities as part of the National Urban League's Black

Executive Exchange Program. Prior to working for Mars, Ms. Coleman

worked in several management positions in personnel and marketing.

Spring 2019 Inspired Leader and alumnus, Mr. Duane Lock, currently

serves as the founder and president of River Oaks Energy in Dallas,

Texas. Lock earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Miss

in 1983. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked in corporate

America for nearly 20 years. Lock used his extensive experience

from holding senior management positions for publicly traded energy

companies to become an entrepreneur and launch his own electricity

brokering and consulting company in 2003.

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