Archive | July 2014

Dr. Johnny Jones’96 Installed as President of Little Tribal Priest College

john jones_tribal collegeWinnebago, NE – Dr. Johnny D. Jones was inaugurated as the 15th President of Little Priest Tribal College on June 14, 2014.  This was the first presidential inauguration that Little Priest Tribal College performed as it is a new ceremony to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU’s).    Little Priest Tribal College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends as well as the Winnebago Tribal Chairman were in attendance to commemorate this event.

 Dr. Jones was welcomed and received the Charge to the President by Winnebago Tribal Chairman John Blackhawk.  Christopher Stockdale, Academic Dean, provided the Commitment from the Faculty.  Dr.Dorris Robinson- Gardner, Division of Graduate Studies at Jackson State University, eloquently delivered Words of Encouragement.  President Jones delivered a keynote address in which he spoke to the challenges and opportunities that Little Priest Tribal College will face as well as imagining a new era of growth, fiscal stability and sustainability.

Inauguration Events included a Community Open House and Barbeque, a Scholarship Golf Tournament and the Inaugural Banquet.  The events were all well attended by the community and outside supporters of Little Priest Tribal College.  This historic celebration included distinguished delegates from colleges and universities from across the country.

 For photos of the inaugural events, click here.



Help Support MVSU Football!

Rick Comegy2Dearest Alumni and Friends of Valley Football:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and those alumni and friends of football who donated their time and funds so we could complete our recruiting effort. I’m hoping that we are able to use the funds left over to round out our equipment needs.

Please read the Friends of MVSU Football Support Letter, which lists items I feel we need in our program. I thought it best to list all of our needs so you have the opportunity to see our needs and assist, if willing.

Please make your tax-deductible gift payable to Mississippi Valley State University, in the memo section indicate Friends of MVSU Football, and mail to:

 MVSU Department of Athletics

14000 Hwy. 82 W

MVSU Box 7246

Itta Bena, MS 38941

 Or click “Donate Now”  to make your contribution online.


Thank you in advance for your support of our students and the Mississippi Valley State University Department of Athletics! If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact me by calling 662-254-3550 or via email me at”

Please click here to read the Friends of MVSU Football Support Letter.


Mr. Lee A. Frison, Sr. Class of 1963

The Office of Alumni Affairs at MVSU would like to extended its sincere condolences to the family of our dear alumnus the late Mr. Lee A. Frison, Sr.  Mr. Frison was a longtime supporter of the university and  served as the treasurer of the MVSU National Alumni Association, Inc.

To view the Obituary online please Click Here Lee A Frison MVSU 5 04-15-13


If you would like to pay special tribute to Mr. Frison, the family is requesting that donations be sent to:
Lee A. Frison Foundation
c/o Liberty Bank & Trust
2325 Livingston Road
Jackson, MS 39213

MVSU Announces new Head Men’s Basketball Coach

coach payneITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State University officially announced Andre Payne as its new head basketball coach during a press conference Friday, July 11 at the Science and Technology Center on the MVSU campus.Payne arrives at MVSU after an eight-year stint as head coach and associate athletic director at Wiley College in Texas where he led the Wildcats to two Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament titles (2007 and 2014). In 2007 during his first season at the helm, Wiley College qualified for the NAIA Tournament for the first time in 37 years. The Wildcats made another appearance in the NAIA Tournament in 2014.

Payne had an overall record of 146-104 at Wiley College, including a 25-7 (13-5 RRAC) record last season. He led the Wildcats to at least 19 wins four times including a 21-10 mark in 2006-07 and 22-10 record in 2007-08.

Overall, Payne boasts a career record of 239-183, ranking him 24th in career wins amongst active NAIA coaches.

“I’d like to thank MVSU President William Bynum and Athletic Director Dianthia Ford-Kee for giving me this opportunity,” said Payne. “I’d also like to thank my wife and kids who have been with me through all the years….This is a true blessing for me and my family. I’m honored and humble for the trust that has been bestowed upon me.”

Prior to his time at Wiley, he worked as the head coach at Texas College where in 2001 he became the youngest head coach at a four-year institution. Payne previously served as an assistant coach at Texas College since 1999. While at Texas College, he led the school to seven RRAC Tournament appearances.

Payne takes over a MVSU men’s basketball program with a rich history consisting of five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Delta Devils last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 under former head coach Sean Woods.

“Mississippi Valley State has a rich tradition in men’s basketball, and we’re going to do everything in our power to keep that tradition up,” said Payne.

During the press conference, he also spoke on his expectations for MVSU players.

“My plan is simple: recruit student-athletes who want to be here. Recruit student-athletes who want to call this place home, that’s what I plan to do,” Payne said. “We want guys who are committed to their education. We want guys who are committed to being superb athletes. And we want guys who are committed to having a great social life on campus, too.”

Payne graduated from Auburn High School in 1993 before attending Alabama A&M where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. He later earned a master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Human Performance and Sports. Payne is married to Nikki Payne and they have two sons.

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Congratulations Cordia C’09!

facebook_Cordia McFarlandCordia McFarland C’09 recently received a promotion as the Career and Technical Education Director for the following schools: City Preparatory School, Focus Learning Academies: Southwest, Southeast and Focus North High School.

Focus Learning is a state-funded charter school that helps teens and young adults earn their high school diploma while preparing for the workforce. Their unique structure offers a choice in courses, accommodates self-paced studies, and allows students to earn a living while attending school.

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