Jeremy McClain - Athletic Director -University of Southern Mississippi
 
The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Jeremey McClain, Athletic Director for University of Southern Mississippi. 
 
The invocation was given by Brad Hall, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jewell Hillery and the Four-Way Test was led by Janet Scott. 
 
Seated at the head table included Harvey Little, owner, Harvey Little and Associates; Selena Swartzfager, President MS Council on Economic Education, Mark Chinn, Owner, Chinn and Associates and Bill Blackwell of MS Sports Hall of Fame, who introduced our speaker.
 
Tara Clark greeted and welcomed our visiting Rotarians and Guests.
 
LeAnne Brewer announced and confirmed that Mike Pepper was nominated as President Elect (2020-2021).  Janet Scott held a vote and with no opposition, Mike was voted into position.
 
The RCJ  honored, William Hulbert, a trombonist from Callaway High School.   William has been selected to participate in a national competition with the Mississippi Lions Band. He is only the second JPS student to be selected for this honor in the past 14 years.  
 
 
The competition will take place in Hawaii, and fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover the $4,000 required for this trip to come to fruition.  William’s teacher, Mr. Curtis Luckett, Jr. has set up a gofund.me page to assist in these efforts (He has raised $2,410 of the $4,000 he needs). The RCJ is pleased to present him with $100 as our #excellenceineducation recipient.
 
If you are interested in donating, this is the link to the gofundme site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/raising-for-william.

Jeremy McClain is a Mississippi native who also served as athletic director at his alma mater Delta State from 2007-12. In his previous stint at Southern Miss, McClain was the primary fundraiser for the athletics department. He led a staff that set records in 2013 for the annual fund ($2 million) and the overall Southern Miss Athletic Foundation ($8 million). He was also responsible for securing funding and supervising several major facility projects. McClain served as the deputy director of athletics at Southern Miss for three years before being hired to take over the Troy athletic department in September of 2015. He was the athletic director at Delta State for five years prior to his arrival at USM.  He returned as Athletic Director in 2018.
 
McClain outlined the successes of Golden Eagle athletics and focused on the history of success.  McClain then highlighted the opportunities and challenges of looking forward, specifically with new student athlete changes in the NCAA.  McClain outlined some of the upgrades that are taking place at Southern Miss and changes that need to take place. 
 
McClain fielded questions from the Club.
 
Please join us next week as we welcome Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University.  We will be inducting 4 new members:  Pete Laven of the MS Braves (Kathy Hackshaw), Aron Smith of the Greater Jackson Arts Council (Janet Scott), Theresa Erickson of Community Foundation for Mississippi (Jane Alexander) and Mary Frances O’Neal, retired (Mark Fields). 
 
Beginning March 16th, we will meet in the Forestry Auditorium as the Sparkman Auditorium goes through renovations.  The Forestry Auditorium is directly across from Sparkman.