MERIDIAN, Miss.—The area division manager of Mississippi Power Co. will be the fall 2017 graduation speaker for Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Eddie Kelly delivers the Dec. 7 commencement address at an 11 a.m. public ceremony in the Kahlmus Auditorium on the College Park Campus.
More than 70 students are candidates for degrees.
Kelly has led MPC Meridian since 2013. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in accounting from William Cary College (now University), he holds an MBA from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Prior to graduating from the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi in 2014, the Gulfport native completed similar executive training programs in Georgia and Lauderdale County.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served on active duty in Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was honored with the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership under fire.
Along with his MPC duties, Kelly is active in his community. He serves on the executive committee of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. and is a board member of Community Foundation of East Mississippi and Meridian Children’s Museum, as well as the MSU-Meridian Advisory Board. He also leads the Navy League’s Mississippi Council.
A widower, Kelly is the father of two daughters and grandfather to two grandchildren.
For more about MSU-Meridian, visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.