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June 2, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Steve Renfroe, of Moss Point, 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.


“Steve will be a welcome addition to this very important council, which works to ensure our state’s young children are ready to learn by age five,” Governor Barbour said. “I commend Steve for his past advocacy efforts on behalf of early childhood education and look forward to his good works in this capacity.”


A Chevron employ for 32 years, Renfroe currently serves as the company’s Mississippi manager of policy, government, and public affairs. He has previously taught ninth grade math in the Moss Point School System. Following Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in American history, Renfroe launched the Chevron Daycare Recovery program which resulted in more than 4,000 children being returned to their childcare centers. At Chevron, Renfroe has also been a leader of the company’s Energy for Learning program, which allocated $6 million to public schools and childcare centers affected by Hurricane Katrina. As a founding member of the Excel by Five early childhood community certification program, Renfroe was the 2006 recipient of the Swimmy Award by the Mississippi Early Childhood Association.


A graduate of Mississippi College, Renfroe holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He and his wife, Debby, have been married 37 years; they have one adult son, Robert.