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Kathy Brookshire (MS '98)


At the time of the Award, Kathy Brookshire was:

Poplar Springs Elementary School
Meridian, MS

Subject(s) taught: Gifted
Grade(s): 3

Biographical Information

Prior to her role as Vice President of Meridian Community College, Kathy Brookshire was the Director of Institutional Advancement for Meridian Community College since 2001. As director of the MCC Foundation, she headed the school's fundraising and other efforts to attract private investment. In 2003 alone, Brookshire helped raise nearly $1 million for the college, a record at that time. Brookshire also chaired the Education Committee for the East Mississippi Business Development, implementing "School Counts," a program developed to foster work and life ethics, which attracted membership by more than 60 percent of local students. In 2000, Brookshire was appointed by the state's governor to a 12-member task force to install Internet-ready computers in all of the state's elementary and middle school classrooms. She received a Milken Festival for Youth grant to involve students in removing unsightly debris from local railroad tracks, and also involved her students in projects to help find a cure for cancer. As a former third-grade teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary School in Meridian, Brookshire fostered civic leadership in her gifted students by encouraging them to tackle real- life problems in their theme-based curriculum.

Personal Message

Kathy Brookshire has been Director of Institutional Advancement, Executive Director of the Meridian Community College Foundation, and Director of Meridian Community College Travel since 2001. Kathy's responsibilities at Meridian Community College include: Implementing an effective program of fundraising for the purpose of enhancing opportunties and support of students, faculty, and staff and advancing Meridian Community College's commitment to excellence. Directing and oversees LifeTime Quest, a learning in retirement center for active 50-plus adults. Directing and oversees the Arts & Letters Series, a cultural and performing arts program for the campus and community. Directs and leads MCC Foundation Travel to provide cultural, educational, and recreational travel opportunties for our community within the continental United States and abroad. Brookshire has set record fundraising goals for Meridian Community College since 2001. For the past four years, she raised over one million each year! The most ever raised in the history at Meridian Community College. For the 2011 Campaign, she raised over $1.4 million! Her recent professional associations include: Member of Mississippi Center for NonProfits Member of Council for Advancement and Support of Education Board of Director, East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Foundation Chairman of East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Education Committee Board of Director Anderson Hospital Support and Development Foundation Kathy Brookshire's recent awards and honors include: Selected as Meridian Community College's Highest Flying Eagle Award recipient Selected as Meridian Community College's MCC'er of the Month Selected as Meridian Community College's T. J. Harris Outstanding Employee Award recipient Kathy Brookshire was instrumental in implementing the East Mississippi Business and Development "School Counts" Program in our community. This program was developed to foster work and life ethics, which attracted membership by more than 60 percent of local high school students. In 1998, when selected as a Milken Educator, Kathy Brookshire was a Gifted Education Teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary School.

Additional Information


1987 Mississippi State University, Gifted Education Certification

1977 Meridian Community College, Associate of Arts Degree

1973 Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Science