July 13, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour has announced the appointment of Howell Gage of Vicksburg and Serena Clark of Madison to the Mississippi EdNet Institute. The Mississippi EdNet Institute oversees the development of instructional television service throughout the state.

“Both Mr. Gage and Ms. Clark bring a wealth of knowledge to the EdNet Institute, which is vital to spreading educational programming across our state,” Governor Barbour said. “I appreciate their decision to dedicate their time and energy to this organization.”

Gage has served as chairman of RiverHills Bank for 10 years. Previously, he was chairman and president of Merchants Bank in Vicksburg. Gage serves on the Mississippi Board of Education and is chairman of the Vicksburg Medical Foundation. He serves on the executive committee of the Vicksburg YMCA and is chairman of the River Regional Medical Center board of directors. He is former chairman of the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce and a former advisory board member of the New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He and his wife, Betsy, have three children, Nick, Maury and RosAnna.

Clark is counsel to Governor Barbour and chief policy analyst for the Office of Recovery and Renewal. Previously, she worked as an attorney at the law firm of Butler Snow PLLC in Jackson. She is a life member of the Madison-Ridgeland Junior Auxiliary, a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church and chairwoman of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Central Division. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Delta State University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Millsaps College and a law degree from Mississippi College. She has three children, Carter, Cooper and Chaney.