Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Andy Mullins of Oxford Named Millsaps College Alumnus of the Year

Andy Mullins of Oxford is the 2014 Millsaps College Alumnus of the Year. He received the honor during an awards ceremony on Oct. 24 that was part of Millsaps College Homecoming activities.

Andy Mullins of Oxford, left, receives congratulations from Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College, upon being named 2014 Alumnus of the Year.
Andy Mullins of Oxford, left, receives congratulations from Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps College, upon being named 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

Mullins has served as special assistant and advisor to two Mississippi governors, three state superintendents of education and three University of Mississippi chancellors. He currently chairs the Millsaps College Board of Visitors, which builds upon years of work by alumni and the Millsaps College Office of Institutional Advancement.
A 1966 graduate of Nuxubee County High School in Macon, Mulllins earned a B.A. in history from Millsaps College in 1970. He went on to earn a M.Ed. in history from Mississippi College in 1976 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi in 1992.
With a career dedicated to improving K-12 and higher education, Mullins has served as a longtime counselor to many of Mississippi’s education leaders. He spent nearly two decades at the University of Mississippi and most recently served as chief of staff to University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones.
He now teaches graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Education and leads the Mississippi Teacher Corps, which he co-founded with Harvard journalism student Amy Gutman in 1989.
Mullins served as education advisor to Mississippi Governor William Winter. With a group of young staff members dubbed “The Boys of Spring,” Mullins helped Winter push the landmark Education Reform Act of 1982, which among other things required public schools to offer kindergarten.
Mullins wrote about the political process involved in the Winter administration’s efforts to change the education system in Mississippi in the book entitled Building Consensus, A History of the Passage of the Education Reform Act of 1982. He is also author of The Measure of Our Days: Writings of William F. Winter, a collection of the governor’s writings.
He is chair of the Mississippi Humanities Council and has served as a board member since 2002. He is a former chairman of the Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series and has served on numerous boards including the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Barksdale Reading Institute, and the University of Mississippi William Winter Institute on Racial Reconciliation.
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