Hall of Fame Inductees

The School of Education proudly honors these Alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Education through their good deeds, services, or contributions, all of which perpetuated the good name of The University of Mississippi and the School of Education and/or the education profession:

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

Dr. Bob & Sylvia Ferguson
Outstanding Educational Service Award
Tupelo, MS
Collective Mississippi educational service of 66 years as teachers, coaches, principals, and superintendents. Since retirement, they have provided more than $11 million in college scholarships to students from charitable proceeds of Bingo business.

Dr. Kathleen Grigsby
B.A.Ed. 98, M.Ed. 99
Jackson, MS
Principal of A-rated Davis Magnet School

Dorothy Henderson, awarded posthumously
M.Ed. 79
First full-time African-American faculty member in the UM School of Education, elementary education instructor from 1978 to 1998.

Dr. Tom Meredith
Ed.D. 71
Oxford, MS
Former Vice Chancellor University of Mississippi, President Western Kentucky University, Chancellor University of Alabama System, Chancellor University of Georgia System, and Mississippi's Commissioner of Higher Education.

Dr. Ellen Shelton
Ed.D. 00
Oxford, MS
Former high school English teacher, selected as National Milken Award Recipient, Director of UM Writing Project, Coordinator Independent Study High School.

Dr. Pam Smith
Ph.D. 01
Jackson, MS
Former Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs with Board of Governors in Illinois, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs and Development with Mississippi Commission of Higher Education, Past President Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

Thomas Burke
B.A. 70, M.A. 72, Ph.D. 81
Kansas City, KS
President Emeritus, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Laura Dunn Jolly
B.S. 77
Ames, IA
Dean, College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University

Robert C. Khayat
B.A.Ed. 61, J.D. 66
Oxford, MS
Chancellor Emeritus, University of Mississippi

Carole Lynn Meadows
Outstanding Educational Service Award
B.S.C. 60, M.B.Ed. 64
Gulfport, MS
Veteran educator of 27 years; co-founder of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, MS

Jean M. Shaw
M.Ed. 74
Oxford, MS
Math and science educator with 40+ years experience, including the University of Mississippi from 1976-2006.

Theopolis P. Vinson, awarded posthumously
M.S.S. 82, Ph.D. 97
Former assistant dean and director of undergraduate student advising and field experience at UM School of Education.

Suzie Adcock
B.A.Ed. 77
Jackson, MS
A 31-year veteran teacher and librarian

Jahnae Barnett
M.B.Ed. 67, Ph.D. 72
Fulton, MO
President, William Woods University

Cecil Brown
B.A. 66
Jackson, MS
Mississippi public service commissioner, former state representative and first-ever Outstanding Education Service Award Winner in SOE Hall of Fame

Robert Depro
M.Ed. 70
Sikeston, MO
Honored for 51 consecutive years teaching high school social studies

Cathy Stewart
B.A.Ed. 78, M.Ed. 81, Ed.D. 95
Oxford, MS
A 20-year teacher and founding director of UM's World Class Teaching Program

Milton Kuykendall
M.Ed. 76
Hernando, MS
Three-time state champion basketball coach, 18-year principal and 12-year superintendent

Judith Reynolds
B.A.Ed. 68
Clinton, MS
A 39-year teaching veteran, nine-time Star Teacher and Mississippi Teacher of the Year

Jerome Smith
B.A. 48, M.A. 51
Jackson, MS
Honored for 52-year career as a teacher, coach, counselor, principal, exec. director of Mississippi Professional Educators and assistant to the governor for education