WHEF and MHEAC Welcome New Board Member and Elect New Officers

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2023 
Contact: Morgan Miller, (601) 321-5527; mmiller@woodwardhines.org

JACKSON, MISS. Today, the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) and the Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation (MHEAC) announced the appointment of a new board member and the election of new officers. Joining the board of WHEF and MHEAC is Dr. Cedric Bradley, Vice President of the Harrison County Campus, Keesler Center, and Naval Construction Battalion Center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). 

These strategic additions to the leadership team will strengthen the organization's ability to drive positive change and further its mission,” said CEO and President Jim McHale. With a wealth of experience in the community college system, where most Mississippians start their college journey, Dr. Bradley brings an important perspective and invaluable expertise to the organization. His passion for postsecondary access and success, particularly for underrepresented students, will undoubtedly contribute to our continued success. 

In addition to the new board member, WHEF and MHEAC announced the election of new officers who will guide the organizations through its next phase of growth with its new five-year strategic plan. The newly elected officers include: 

Nathan Slater, Board Chair
Vice President, Government and Education Sales, C Spire 

Deborah McGee, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President and Director of Minority Business Development, BankPlus 

John Hill, Immediate Past Chair
Founder and Managing Partner, WealthPartners 

Robert Leard, Member at Large
Market Executive, Regions Bank 

“WHEF’s commitment to its mission, to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials that lead to meaningful employment, remains steadfast,” said newly elected Board Chair Nathan Slater. By welcoming Dr. Bradley and electing the new officers, WHEF is well-positioned to expand its impact and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Mississippians.” 

For more information about WHEF, its board members, and its initiatives, please visit woodwardhines.org.  


About Woodward Hines Education Foundation
Since its inception, WHEF has worked to increase college access and entry for people in Mississippi and has expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion. The foundation envisions a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to advance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for the state. Learn more about WHEF by visiting www.woodwardhines.org. 

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