Joining President LaForge is the Honorable Ann Lamar, a 1974 graduate of Delta State and the most recent appointee to the Board of Trustees for the State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Delta State was honored to have the Honorable Ann Lamar as the speaker for Spring Commencement ceremonies.
Justice Lamar was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in May 2007 by Governor Haley Barbour, and in 2008, she was elected to serve an eight-year term. She was the third female to serve on the state Supreme Court, and she is a member and past president of the William C. Keady American Inns of Court. In 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. She retired from the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2016.
She is married to Delta State alumnus, John Lamar, and she and her family have been great ambassadors for Delta State.
Joining President LaForge are Paul and Lucy Janoush, who received honorary doctorate degrees at spring commencement.
On May 6, during spring commencement ceremonies, Delta State honored two people who have been instrumental leaders at the university and in the Bolivar County-Cleveland community, Lucy and Paul Janoush. Delta State bestowed upon these Delta State alumni, honorary doctoral degrees, which the university confers to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education or other areas of society.
Lucy, who was named Delta State’s Alumnus of the Year in 2015, has been a dedicated supporter of the institution for years, including being an active member of Delta State’s Alumni Association and Booster Club. Since 2011, she has served as president of the Cleveland Music Foundation Board of Directors, the group responsible for planning, funding, constructing and operating GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi. The Museum represents just one of many ways Lucy has given back to her community. Lucy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Delta State in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Paul was recognized for his decades of contributions to both Delta State and the Bolivar County community. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Jantran, Inc., since its founding in 1977. The Boy Scouts of America and Cleveland scouts have benefited greatly from the many hours of dedicated volunteer work he has provided, including having served as a member of the Executive Board of the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts of America. Paul attended Delta State from 1975-1980, and his devotion to Delta State is evident in his past and present commitments in serving on the Delta State University Foundation Board, the DSU Booster Club, and the Delta State Alumni Association.