The Partners for Pearl River County Leadership Class of 2014 began with a reception at the Crosby Arboretum this past Tuesday.
New class’ members were given an overview of the program with a history of its origin and vision of its original director, the late Glade Woods.
Expectations are high for the 10th graduating class.
“As we begin our 2013-2014 Partners in Leadership year, I am excited to see such a diverse group of educators, finance specialists, health-care administrators, program managers and public servants who all share the common goal of adding value to Pearl River County through contributing their time and energy, building relationships and sharing knowledge. I wish the new class all the best,” said Scott Langlois, a Partners staff member.
“I think the class will be a very good one. It is a very diverse class made up of participants who come from all over the county and Louisiana. The staff reflects diversity of the class as well. We had great projects last year and we hope to exceed the projects this year with this new class,” said Rod Lincoln, curriculum development chairman.
Past graduates attended and spoke to the group about the education and camaraderie with fellow alumni.
“The Pearl River County partners in leadership Program provided me with an outstanding chance to understand the ‘big picture’ of the community within which Mississippi State University's Crosby Arboretum is located,” said Pat Drackett, Arboretum director and 2011 graduate.
“The experience allowed me to learn a great deal about Pearl River County's services and strengths, as well as its citizens. In essence, I learned what people love so much about living here. I made lasting friendships, increased my leadership skills, and thoroughly enjoyed doing a community project with my partners team members,” she said.
“The class experience was extremely educational. The team project experience was something that will benefit us personally, as well as the community, for the rest of our lives,” said Diane Massey Sims, a 2012 graduate.
For more information on Partners for Pearl River County, call 601-749-4919.