July 14, 2004
Methodist Rehabilitation Center announces new board officers
By Lisa Uzzle Gates
Health and Research News Service
JACKSON, Miss.—William R. “Randy” James has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Methodist Rehabilitation Center. James, a member of the board since 1992, has served as vice chairman since 2001.
James serves on several boards and donates freely of his time and business expertise. “It is our duty and responsibility to serve our community,” he said. “I became involved with the hospital because I believe in its mission. This hospital has a great cause. We rebuild lives here.”
James is president of Pruet Production Co. and manager of Pruet Oil LLC.
He received a bachelor of science business administration degree in finance from the University of Arkansas. He serves on the boards of Millsaps College and the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America, among other organizations. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.
James takes the helm from Dean M. Miller, a board member since 1966. Miller will continue to serve on the board. “It was a great experience. I worked with a lot of wonderful people—the staff, the employees and the board members,” Miller said of his time as chairman. “The hospital provides a service that is so needed, you have to appreciate that mission.”
Miller is the longest serving board member and took over as chairman when Earl Wilson, the hospital’s founding chairman, died in 2000. He graduated as a geologist from the University of Kansas. He is a World War II veteran and is in the gas and oil business, serving as president of Energy Three, Inc. He is a member of Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Matthew “Matt” L. Holleman, III will replace James as vice-chairman. Holleman is the president and CEO of Galaxie Corp., an investment company. He is former president and CEO of Mississippi Valley Gas, where he worked for 15 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mississippi and a master’s of business administration from Mississippi College. He also donates time to St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi Technology Alliance, Nature Conservancy, and the Mississippi Museum of Art.
“I think Methodist Rehab is extraordinary when you really understand their mission and the challenges they face. The commitment and the dedication of the doctors, as well as all the staff, is impressive,” Holleman said. “I’m honored to be associated with them and to serve as vice-chairman, and I’m anxious to help in any way I can.”
David McMillin continues to serve as the board secretary, a position he has held since January 2001. McMillin, who has served on the board since 1999, received his master’s of business administration degree from Millsaps College and a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Mississippi. He is a region sales manager for Xerox Corporation and is a past board member for United Way of Jackson and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others. He currently serves on the boards of the St. Andrew's Booster Club and is a member of the Rotary Club of Jackson. McMillin is a member of Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Micajah “Mike” Sturdivant, Jr. was named treasurer of the board. Sturdivant has served on the board since 1979. He has a bachelor of arts in business from Millsaps College and a master’s of business administration from the Harvard Business School. He is part of a family-owned farming operation, Due West Plantation in Glendora, and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood. He is a past president of the Delta Council, a director of the Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts and a past chairman of the Farmers Supply Cooperative of Greenwood, among other volunteer appointments.
“The hospital’s staff and our new board officers are as committed as ever to our mission of restoring and enhancing the lives of those we serve. We look forward to working together,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehabilitation Center.