Sid Salter keynotes both JCJC Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2017-04-20 18:07:16

ELLISVILLE – Award-winning journalist and Mississippi State University’s Chief Communications Officer and Director of Public Affairs, Sid Salter will be the keynote speaker at both of Jones County Junior College’s Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 5, at 10 a.m. for students whose names begin with the letters “A” through “L” in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. The second ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for those students whose last names begin with letters “M” through “Z.” Both ceremonies will also be live-streamed on the JCJC web page, and overflow seating will be in the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.
About 652 of the more than 748 students eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate have chosen to participate in the ceremonies. About 340 and 310 students will participate in each of the ceremonies respectively.
Keynote speaker, Sidney L. “Sid” Salter is the Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University. He leads a team of marketing and communications professionals in producing print, broadcast, and new media content designed to advance MSU’s reputation as a nationally prominent research university.
Having enjoyed a career as an award-winning journalist, political columnist, television commentator, talk radio host, author, educator, and university administrator, Salter has a unique perspective in the communications field. The 2004 National Alumnus of the Year and John C. Stennis Scholar in Political Science as a MSU student, Salter wrote the biography of legendary MSU broadcaster Jack Cristil in 2011, which funded MSU's Jacob S. “Jack”" Cristil Endowed Scholarship. He has also contributed essays to four other books.  The Washington Post has listed Salter as “one of the nation’s best state political reporters.”  He is a member of the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame and since 1983, his syndicated political columns have continuously published in the state, along with a number of national newspapers. His keynote address to JCJC graduates will draw from some of those experiences.
“My remarks will be about time, perseverance, and focus – and how those attributes contribute to lifetime of success and fulfillment. I hope to challenge the graduates to recognize what is ultimately most valuable in their lives,” said Salter who also represents MSU on the board of directors of the University Press of Mississippi and serves on the Southeastern Conference Communicators Executive Committee. Salter also serves on the MSU Crisis Action Team and the MSU Athletics Council.
He formerly served as MSU's first journalist-in-residence at the MSU Libraries and was the inaugural holder of the Kelly Gene Cook Chair in Journalism at the University of Mississippi, where he served on the Journalism faculty in the 1990’s. In his current public relations role, Salter is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Counselors to Higher Education, a section within PRSA.
Additionally, Salter is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Community Bancshares of Mississippi, Inc., a multi-bank holding company operating as Community Bank in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. He is also a member of the board of directors of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation. Salter serves as vice president of the Pushmataha Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a member and director of the Starkville Rotary Club. 
Salter and his wife, Leilani, are the parents of four grown children and have five grandchildren. They are members of Starkville's First United Methodist Church.


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