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March 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Frances Coleman, of Mississippi State, to the Mississippi Historical Advisory Board. The board works to maintain and administrate government records, manuscripts, and/or archives.


“With her years of historical preservation experience, Frances is a logical choice for the Historical Advisory Board,” Governor Barbour said. “She has a passion for Mississippi’s history, and I am excited that she will use this interest to help promote and preserve the state’s past. Frances will undoubtedly be a great asset to this advisory board.”


Dean of Libraries at Mississippi State University since 1997, Coleman began her MSU career in 1969 as an instructor and interlibrary loan librarian. She then served in a variety of successful leadership positions that led to her appointment as head of all library units at MSU. Coleman is credited with a leadership role in establishing MAGNOLIA (Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access), a collaboration that allows Mississippi public schools, community colleges and universities to access information through shared internet resources. She is also chair of the steering committee for CHARM (Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi), a project devoted to the preserving of Mississippi’s rich agricultural history. Coleman is a past president of the Mississippi Library Association, the Southeastern Library Association, the state chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Mississippi Federation of Business and Professional Women. In addition, she has served as a member of the Mississippi Humanities Council, on the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Library Commission and on the Board of the Southeastern Regional Library Network, the nations’ largest regional library network.


Coleman is a graduate of Mississippi State University and George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is married to W. T. “Tommy” Coleman.