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MSMS CONNECTS is the official monthly newsletter of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. MSMS is Mississippi's only public, residential high school focused on STEM education and specifically designed to meet the needs of the state's most academically gifted and talented students.

Charles E. Brown Alumnus of the Year Award Announced

We are pleased to announce the creation of the first Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) alumni award, which will be presented in March of 2019 during the MSMS Alumni Weekend.  The award will be named in honor of Charles E. Brown.

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Mr. Brown served as the second Director for Academic Affairs from 1990 to 1993.  In the 2001-2002 school year, Mr. Brown spent a short period of time filling in on an interim basis as Director for Academic Affairs.  Heeding the call from MSMS for assistance again, Mr. Brown returned to MSMS in the fall of 2007 as interim Director for School Advancement.  With a strong desire to see continued success of MSMS in transforming the lives of some of Mississippi’s most gifted students, Mr. Brown applied for and was hired as the fifth Executive Director of MSMS, where he served until 2013.  In total, Mr. Brown served approximately 34 years in public education, 10 of those years with MSMS.

Mr. Brown is considered a legend to many of the alumni and parents of alumni whose lives he touched.  He was a visionary leader who understood that the continued existence of MSMS is dependent on the success of alumni.  Thus, he worked hard to engage alumni and offer opportunities for them to reconnect with the school.  Mr. Brown’s passion for MSMS was unparalleled, which is evident in his commitment to coming out of retirement twice to serve in various roles.  Mr. Brown died in May of 2017, but his life and legacy will be commemorated through this award. 

The Charles E. Brown Alumnus of the Year Award has four purposes:

1.     To commemorate the legacy of Charles E. Brown

2.     To make current students and alumni aware of how important their contributions are to MSMS and the state of Mississippi

3.     To highlight and promote the contributions of MSMS alumni to the state of Mississippi and the nation

4.     To encourage alumni to remain active in events and activities of the school


To be eligible for the award, the nominee must meet the following criteria:

1.     Be an MSMS graduate

2.     Continued to exhibit the four ideals of scholarship, creativity, service, and community

3.     Consistently supported the school with his/her time, talents, and/or resources

4.     Significantly impacted the state of Mississippi and/or the nation


We will begin accepting nominations at the beginning of January.  The call for nominations will include specifics of what should be included when submitting nominations. 

We look forward to learning of all the great successes of our alumni.

Janie ShieldsComment