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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2008

 

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS BERRY TO EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Rickey Berry, of Brandon, to the State Early Childhood Advisory Council, a newly-established council that meets requirements in the federal Head Start Reauthorization Act of 2007. Designed to advance the development of a coordinated state early childhood system, the Council will provide leadership and assistance to early care and education programs as well as state agencies that provides services for children from birth to school entry.

 

“I am proud Rickey has accepted this important assignment to help advance the development of our state’s early childhood education system,” Governor Barbour said. “I am confident he will be a great asset to this important group, and I look forward to his contributions.”

 

Berry has worked in human resources and services for 30 years, most recently in his current job as deputy administrator for programs at the Mississippi Department of Human Services. He is the former president of the Mississippi Employment Counselors Association and served as a member of the state’s Occupational Information Coordinating Committee. In 1995, Berry was awarded the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators “Friend of Education” award.

 

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and attended graduate courses at Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Donnie, have been married 35 years; together, they have two children and five grandchildren.