Dr. Hank Bounds

The 2014 Winter-Reed Partnership Award was presented to Dr. Hank Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education, during a tribute dinner Sept. 30 at the Jackson Convention Complex. 
    Dr. Bounds is a lifelong educator who helped strengthen Mississippi's public-education system at all levels and build bipartisan support for education initiatives designed to move Mississippi forward. After his appointment as Commissioner in 2009, he led strategies to improve the quality of services provided to students in Mississippi's growing university system.
    Recognizing barriers that many students face in obtaining degrees, he was instrumental in forming statewide coalitions to improve student progress toward degree completion and broaden access for more students to attend Mississippi's community colleges and universities.