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Graduation speaker set at PHCC

Annie Wimbish

Dr. Annie Wimbish, a senior associate at the Schlechty Center for Leadership and School Reform in Vernon Hill, Va., will deliver remarks at the spring 2014 graduation ceremony Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in William F. Stone Hall gymnasium.

She said she was “thrilled” when Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, asked her to take part in honoring the PHCC graduating class of 2014.

“This is a major milestone and a life-changing moment for many of these students who have, no doubt, worked very hard to achieve this goal,” Wimbish said. “Only a few decades ago, students could enter the workforce immediately after high school and earn a comfortable living; that is no longer the case. The world has changed drastically, and continuous learning is a mandate.”

She added that PHCC “students are on a wonderfully courageous journey into a new stage of life, and I applaud them.”

Wimbish has been a professional educator for nearly 40 years. She’s served as a teacher, program supervisor, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal, and she’s served as an assistant superintendent and superintendent.

When working with students, parents, communities and faculties, Wimbish said, “It’s not where you come from, but where you are going that makes a difference,” believing that regardless of anyone’s socioeconomic status, everyone can be successful with support from their home, school and community.

In addition, she’s served as an instructor for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as an online instructor for Grand Canyon University in Arizona.

Wimbish earned a bachelor of science degree from Averett University, a master’s in education and an education specialist degree from the University of Virginia, and she also holds a doctorate of education from Fayetteville State University.

She volunteers and serves on many boards for organizations including serving as president of the Southwest Regional United Way Board, member of the Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership, and a member of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Additionally, Wimbish serves on many national and state boards including the Mississippi Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Commission for the Redesign of Administrator Preparation, Mississippi Superintendent’s Advisory Council, and she was named one of 2007’s Top Business Women in Mississippi. She was a third finalist for 2008’s Business Women of the Year by the Mississippi Journal.

An estimated 227 traditional students and 83 dual enrollment students are on track to receive credentials for the spring 2013 graduation, which includes the summer 2013, fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. There currently are 148 students who have confirmed they will march in the ceremony. Final totals will not be available until May 7.