Ole Miss Family Leadership Council
Support your student! Strengthen the University! Connect with the Ole Miss Family!
Join the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council (OMFLC) and be a part of a vibrant organization that shares the University of Mississippi’s vision of a nationally recognized academic institution and is committed to supporting exceptional educational opportunities.
OMFLC began in 2014 and has impacted the Ole Miss student experience by supporting areas within the Division of Student Affairs such as health and wellness, campus safety, career services, and student leadership.
Membership on this council enables parents to direct their support to programs that enhance the student experience and strengthen the university. OMFLC members also have the opportunity to share feedback with UM leaders, faculty, and staff, as well as hear updates on new programs and the expansion and growth of campus.
With an OMFLC membership you have the opportunity to:
- Collaborate with university leaders
- Help direct campus support to areas with the greatest benefit for your student
- Exchange and implement ideas that improve your student’s experience
- Attend two annual meetings: one during the fall semester and the second in the spring
- Build friendships with other parents and students
- Host or assist with finding hosts for Freshman Summer Sendoffs in your community
- Plan or assist in planning Ole Miss recruitment events in your community
- Serve a one-year renewable term
Membership can be obtained through a minimum annual gift of $2,500 to the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council
Enhancing Students’ Experiences
Parents Join to Exchange Ideas, Support ProgramsOle Miss Family Leadership Council members gather with Chancellor Jeff Vitter and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc (standing, center) at the council’s recent fall semester meeting.
Ole Miss Family Leadership Council members came together for their fall semester meeting Sept. 23, interacted with Chancellor Jeff Vitter and heard his vision for the University of Mississippi’s future.
Speakers at the meeting also included John T Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance; Robert Saarnio, director of the University Museum and Historic Houses; and Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs.
The purpose of the Family Leadership Council is to encourage communication between the university and parents in order to improve the Ole Miss experience for students. Council members provide advice and guidance to the Division of Student Affairs and University Development on programs related to parents as well as serve as liaisons between the university and parents.
To be a part of the council, parents of Ole Miss students donate $2,500 annually and participate in the fall and spring meetings. Council members review requests submitted by the Division of Student Affairs and determine which projects to support with their combined gifts. They look for projects that will make a positive impact on students’ experiences, such as those related to student safety.
“These families are excellent advocates for Ole Miss. They’re already paying for their children’s tuition, books, housing and other needs, and they choose give an additional $2,500 annual gift to serve on the council,” said Brett Barefoot, director of parent development. “It’s obvious that these council members care deeply about their children’s campus experience. The university community is grateful for this wonderful support, input and involvement.”
The spring meeting is set for April 28, 2017. To learn more about the Ole Miss Parents Council, contact Brett Barefoot, director of parent development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-2711.
2016-17 Ole Miss Family Leadership Council
|George and Dyan Getz||Paradise Valley, AZ|
|Fred and Julie Jewell||Atlanta, GA|
|Michael and Kelly Mollerus||Leawood, KS|
|James and Kimberly Eickholz||Paducah, KY|
|Bill and Carol Windham||Bossier City, LA|
|Terry and Liz Creel||New Orleans, LA|
|Joel and Jane Wood||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Jon and Sue Tellier||Caledonia, MI|
|Scott and Shelley Ririe||Chesterfield, MO|
|John and Susan Allbert||Charlotte, NC|
|Charles Willis||Durham, NC|
|Chris and Christine Manning||Rye, NY|
|Peter and Deans Fawcett||Columbia, SC|
|Bill and Sally Coker||Spartanburg, SC|
|Randy and Rebecca Wight||Dallas, TX|
|Fuller and Kara French||Fort Worth, TX|
|William and Mary Parsons||San Antonio, TX|
|Michael and Lynnleigh Maloney||Henrico, VA|
2015-16 & 2016-17 Members (2 consecutive years)
|William and Alice Major||Birmingham, AL|
|James and Tracy Beckwith||Sacramento, CA|
|Kevin Bulivant and Mary Rotunno||San Francisco, CA|
|Margaret Conolly||Jacksonville, FL|
|Andy and Nancy Alford||Tampa, FL|
|Lee and Nancy Caswell||Atlanta, GA|
|Jackson and Dede Houk||Atlanta, GA|
|Reese and Ruth Lanier||Atlanta, GA|
|Keith Ketchman||Schaumburg, IL|
|Richard and Linda Biernacki||Shreveport, LA|
|Mike and Evelyn Donatelli||New York, NY|
|Angela Lynch||Florence, SC|
|Ed and Carla Moreland||Dallas, TX|
|Reese and Rebecca Hillard||Fort Worth, TX|
|Meg Wilson||Houston, TX|
2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17 Members (3 consecutive years)
|Mark and Ansley Conner||Atlanta, GA|
|Jon and Susan Crisler||Atlanta, GA|
|Bill and Mitzi Linginfelter||Atlanta, GA|
|Greg and Louise Cunningham||Oxford, MS|
|Kent and Jenny Nicaud||Pass Christian, MS|
|Chuck and Dawn Barnett||Dallas, TX|
|David and Raney Payne||Frisco, TX|