Ole Miss Family Association

University of Mississippi

Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

The Ole Miss Family Leadership Council (OMFLC) consists of families who share the University of Mississippi’s vision of a great comprehensive public institution of higher learning, deeply committed to offering extraordinary educational opportunities to students. The Council provides avenues for parents to support the programs and events that enhance their students’ experiences, while also strengthening the University. OMFLC members also participate in the exchange of ideas and information about Ole Miss with key administrators and faculty members.

Family Leadership Council members are asked to do the following:

  • Serve a one-year renewable term
  • Attend fall and spring council meetings
  • Attend and/or host regional gatherings such as Summer Send-Offs for incoming freshmen
  • Build relationships with other Ole Miss parents and alumni in your community
  • Help educate fellow parents about the importance of supporting the University of Mississippi

A minimum annual gift of $2,500 to the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council


For more information on joining the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council, contact Brett Barefoot at 662-915-2711 or bmbarefo@olemiss.edu


Enhancing Students’ Experiences
Parents Join to Exchange Ideas, Support Programs
FLC Fall 16Ole 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 bmbarefo@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2711.



2016-17 Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

New Members

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