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Rust College President Office Manager Honored for 50 Years of Service

Rust College President Office Manager Honored for 50 Years of Service
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper on January 12, 2023

Longtime Rust College employee, Holly Springs native Willa Terry was honored for 50 years of service to Rust College.

College President, Dr. Ivy R. Taylor presented Mrs. Terry with the prestigious award during the first President’s Cabinet meeting of 2023. Her recognition is a testament to her lifelong commitment to serving Rust College and others. Her work over the years embodies the spirit and goals of the institution.

Terry began working at Rust College in December of 1972 as Secretary to the President’s Secretary under the leadership of then president, Dr. William A. McMillan. While employed, she enrolled and earned a BS degree in Business Management. “I felt very connected with the students at that time because most of them were also my classmates,” Terry stated. “Some have become life-long friends that I am still in touch with. The experience I acquired over the years is invaluable and has
really helped me to become what I am today.”

After graduating from Rust College in 1980, Terry attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in Higher Education & Student Personnel in 1990.



Her positions have all been administrative, having worked as Gifts Coordinator, Switchboard Operator, Secretary for the Internal Auditor and currently as the President’s Office Manager and Benefits Coordinator
Mrs. Terry considers it a “privilege” to have worked with three Presidents: Dr. W. A. McMillan, Dr. David L. Beckley and now, Rust College’s first woman and 12th president, Dr. Ivy R. Taylor.

About Rust College
Rust College is the oldest most prestigious historically black college in Mississippi founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Offering degree programs in business, education, humanities, science and mathematics, and social science. Rust College equips and inspires students for excellence and service in their communities and throughout the world. Located in Holly Springs, MS, just 35 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, Rust College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
For more information about Rust College, call (662) 252-8000, ext. 4915, (662) 544-0950 cell or visit www.rustcollege.edu.
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