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A Note from the President and CEO

We often hear about young people in Mississippi beating the odds to achieve academic or professional success. Those stories are heartwarming, but they are also far too uncommon. At the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), we have committed ourselves to changing the odds for students and families in Mississippi. For more than 20 years, Woodward Hines has worked to create a Mississippi where all people can secure training and education beyond high school that will allow them to enhance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future.

We continue to work every day to elevate Mississippi to a higher degree by connecting students and families to educational opportunities and identifying and investing in promising practices to improve college persistence and completion. Closing the postsecondary educational opportunity gap in Mississippi will require a comprehensive, statewide approach, which means Woodward Hines, and all of our partners across the state, must be intentional in the investment of our social, intellectual, and financial capital to shrink—and eventually eliminate—this gap.

As we seek to expand our impact and broaden our work throughout the state, we want to develop deeper and stronger relationships with organizations and individuals who share our passion and purpose. We are excited about partnering with individuals and institutions across the public and private sectors to create a Mississippi where everyone has the opportunity to unlock their full potential, navigate and thrive in a competitive global market, and realize economic security and full engagement as empowered citizens.

We hope you will join us in our efforts to elevate Mississippi to a higher degree.


Jim McHale, President and CEO
Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF)

Board of Directors

Executive Committee 

Nathan Slater, WHEF Board Chair
Vice President, Government and Education Sales, C Spire
Deborah McGee, WHEF Vice Chair
Senior Vice President and Director of Minority Business Development, BankPlus
John Hill, WHEF Immediate Past Chair
Founder and Managing Partner, WealthPartners
Robert Leard, WHEF Member at Large
Market Executive, Regions Bank

Board Committee 

Dr. Cedric Bradley
Vice President of the Harrison County Campus, Keesler Center, and Naval Construction Battalion Center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC)
Eddie Carlisle
Senior Advisor, Principal, and Chief Compliance Officer at SoundPath Investment Advisors
Dr. Michael Cormack
Deputy Superintendent for the Jackson Public School District
Haley Fisackerly
President and CEO, Entergy Mississippi, Inc 
David Martin
Retired Attorney, Jones Walker LLP
Dr. Andy Mullins
Retired, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Mississippi 
Camille Young
Principal and Director, Cornerstone Governmental Affairs

Staff Members

Woodward Hines Education Foundation

P.O. Box 5008 | Jackson, Mississippi • 601.321.5555

Statewide Get2College

2616 Lakeward Drive | Jackson, Mississippi • 601.321.5533

Christina Bracey

Assistant Director of GEARUP Outreach


Jackson Metro Get2College Center

2616 Lakeward Drive | Jackson, Mississippi • 601.321.5533

North Mississippi Get2College Center

5699 Getwell Road | Southaven, Mississippi • 662.349.2789

Gulf Coast Get2College Center

715 Cox Avenue | Ocean Springs, Mississippi • 228.875.4441