History and Mission

The History of the Alumni Association

On June 17, 1885, members of the first three graduating classes of Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College met in the Philotechnic Literary Society Hall at the College to discuss ways and means of "perpetuating the memories of college life that would bind the classes of different years and at the same time strengthen the good influence the College might exert through her graduates." After several informal discussions, a motion was made to establish an Alumni Association. Without a dissenting vote this motion was carried and by acclamation a committee was appointed to "retire and frame a report on offices and officers." Another motion was made to establish a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws, which were adopted a year later.

Since its beginning, the university and the MSU Alumni Association have seen many changes. However, what remains the same is the spirit and loyalty of our graduates and friends. Now known as Mississippi State University, there are over 125,000 living alumni who share the same love and devotion as the inaugural group of graduates who established our Association. With 95 chapters around our state, nation and world, our MSU alumni stand strong and are truly "forever maroon and white."

The Mission of the Alumni Association

The mission of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association is to foster lifelong support for the university’s mission through programs, activities and events for its alumni, future alumni and friends who are forever maroon and white.

The Vision of the Alumni Association

Mississippi State University Alumni Association will be a premier association that connects the university with existing and future alumni to build relationships and touch lives globally.

Goals of the Alumni Association

  • Foster mutually beneficial lifelong relationships by enhancing networking of alumni, future alumni and friends.
  • Understand and actively promote a positive image of MSU and the Alumni Association.
  • Maintain an evolutionary Alumni Association with a vision to address an ever changing environment.
  • Build and maintain human and financial resources that strengthen the association's ability to accomplish its mission.
  • Maintain a commitment to service.

 View the Alumni Association's complete strategic plan here.

Governing Documents

Constitution of the MSU Alumni Association (PDF)

Bylaws of the MSU Alumni Association (PDF)

Former National Presidents   

Present - 2000

Thomas R. Roberson, 2013-2015
Camille Scales Young, 2012-2013
Jerry L. Toney, 2011-2012
Karen Dugard Lawler, 2010-2011
Charles Casio, 2009-2010
A.D. Hunt, 2008-2009
David W. Jones, 2007-2008
Betty L. Black, 2006-2007
Joe L. Bryan, 2005-2006
S. Keith Winfield, 2004-2005
Gary A. Blair, 2003-2004
E. Allen Maxwell Jr., 2002-2003
Robert M. Gathings Jr., 2001-2002
Steve G. Taylor, 2000-2001

1959 - 1950
Jabus C. Redd, 1959
Harris H. Barnes Jr., 1958-1959
Louie C. Spencer, 1957-1958
Duke H. Thornton, 1956-1957
B. U. Jones, 1955-1956
James B. Knight, 1954-1955
Rodney A. Latimer, 1953-1954
W. Frank Turman, 1952-1953
L. O. Palmer, 1951-1952
L. Owen Cooper, 1950-1951
1999 - 1990
Lamar A. Conerly Jr., 1999-2000
Bill Long, 1998
J. Durr Boyles, 1997
Barbara B. Rhoades, 1996
Burton B. Hosch Jr., 1995
Walter D. Becker Jr., 1994
Jackie L. Ford, 1993
William H. Gillon III, 1992
R. Dale Hodges, 1991
Ronnie L. Walton, 1990
1949 - 1940
S. R. Evans Sr., 1949-1950
Dallas C. Vandevere, 1948-1949
Curtis B. Cameron, 1947-1948
George D. Perry, 1946-1947
James A. McGraw, 1945-1946
Whitney E. Smith, 1942-1945
John C. Stennis, 1941-1942
Claude C. Smith, 1940-1941
1989 - 1980
L. Clay McWilliams, 1989
Ray R. Price Jr., 1988
Montie L. Ramsey, 1987
William S. Twitty, 1986
Thomas L. Stennis II, 1985
William E. French, 1984
Charles S. McElroy, 1983
Billy W. Howard, 1982
William P. Furr, 1981
Clyde S. Pace, 1980
1939 - 1930
Robert  D. Morrow Sr., 1937-1940
J. E. Adams, 1935-1936
Ransom E. Aldrich, 1933-1934
Clayton T. Rand, 1931-1932
Lewis I. Jones, 1929-1931
1979 - 1970
Charles L. Brown Jr., 1979
Carl R. Montgomery, 1978
John W. Rial, 1977
John O. Paxton, 1976
E. H. Walker Jr., 1975
William L. Watson, 1974
Tommy Everett, 1973
Joseph E. Ruffin, 1972
Omar D. Craig, 1971
Robert W. Thames, 1970

1969 - 1960
Thomas R. Howard, 1969
Newman Bolls, 1968
Donald H. Echols, 1967
D. W. Skelton, 1966
Roy C. Adams, 1965
J. Kirk Morgan Jr., 1964
Charles D. Saunders, 1963
Hubert B. Duckworth, 1962
G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, 1961
Limon C. Murphree, 1960
1929 - 1885
M. Ames Saunders, 1925-1929
Thomas P. Guyton, 1923-1925
T. Mitchell Robinson, 1921-1923
Robert S. Wilson, 1919-1921
David C. Hull, 1916-1919
William W. Magruder Sr., 1914-1916
Isham H. Evans, 1910-1914
Julian J. Gill, 1908-1910
E. L. Robbins, 1906-1908
John C. Herbert, 1902-1906
William W. Magruder Sr., 1898-1902
J. W. Fox, 1896-1898
T. B. Stone, 1894-1896
John H. Connell, 1892-1894
Buzz M. Walker, 1890-1892
James M. White, 1889-1890
H. H. Harrington, 1886-1889
Robert M. Beattie, 1885-1886

Maroon and White - Alma Mater

Words by T. Paul Haney Jr.
Music by Henry E. Wamsley

In the heart of Mississippi,
Made by none but God's own hands,
Stately in her nat'ral splendor
Our Alma Mater proudly stands;
Mississippi State we love you,
Fondest mem'ries cling to thee,
Life shall bear thy spirit ever,
Loyal friends we'll always be.

Maroon and White! Maroon and White!
Of thee with joy we sing;
Thy colors bright our souls delight,
With praise our voices ring.