Alumni Association to Honor Seven at Homecoming for Achievement, Service
Seven alumni will receive the Ole Miss Alumni Association’s highest annual honors as part of Homecoming 2014.
Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2014 are: James W. Davis (BBA 62, MS 63, PhD 72) of Oxford; Michael L. Ducker (72) of Collierville, Tenn.; Peggie Gillom-Granderson (BSW 80) of Abbeville; Robert Khayat (BAEd 61, JD 66) of Oxford; and Dulymus (Deuce) McAllister (00) of Kenner, LA.
Created in 1974, the Hall of Fame honors select alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their country, state or the University of Mississippi through good deeds, services or contributions that have perpetuated the good name of Ole Miss.
Lanny Griffith (BBA 73, JD 76) of Alexandria, Va. will receive the Alumni Service Award for service to the university and the Alumni Association over an extended period. Kelly English (BSFCS 02) of Memphis will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have shown exemplary leadership throughout their first 15 years of alumni status in both their careers and dedication to Ole Miss.
The Alumni Association will host a reception for the honorees on Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at The Inn at Ole Miss. A dinner for the award recipients will follow the reception at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending the dinner should register in advance by calling the Alumni Association office at 662-915-7375 before 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. Cost of the dinner is $50 per person, or tables of 10 are available for $450.
Hall of Fame Awards
James W. Davis is a native of Panola County, Miss. He received his bachelor of business administration in 1962 and a master of science in accountancy in 1963 from the University of Mississippi. Upon graduation, he joined the Houston, Texas office of Arthur Andersen & Co.
After two years in Houston, he was hired as an assistant professor of accountancy at Ole Miss teaching accounting and pursuing a doctorate degree, which he earned in 1971. In 1985, he received the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award, now the Elsie M. Hood Award. Davis served as president of the Mississippi Society of CPAs in 1983-1984 and received their Outstanding Educator Award in 1993. He won the Patterson School of Accountancy’s Outstanding Teacher Award five times and was named the Peery Professor of Accountancy in 1995.
Davis served as dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy from 1993-2002. During that time, Conner Hall was completely renovated along with the construction of Holman Hall, a project that received the largest amount of donor funding in the history of Ole Miss to that time.
While he was dean, the university received the collections of the AICPA library in New York, making the J. D. Williams Library the Library of the Accounting Profession in the United States – the largest accounting library in the world.
Davis officially retired in 2009 but has continued teaching part-time and retains the title of Peery Professor of Accountancy Emeritus. He is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.
Michael L. Ducker is chief operating officer and president, international, for FedEx Express.
He leads all customer-facing aspects of the company’s U.S. operations and its international business, spanning more than 220 countries and territories across the globe. He also oversees FedEx Trade Networks and FedEx SupplyChain.
Ducker directs the company’s efforts to open markets, improve customs procedures and support international economic policy reforms around the world.
During his FedEx career, he was president of FedEx Express Asia Pacific in Hong Kong for four years and led the Southeast Asia and Middle East regions from Singapore, as well as Southern Europe from Milan, Italy.
He serves on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the Obama administration. In addition, he serves as chairman of the International Policy Committee and as an executive board member and vice chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ducker is a board member of the Coalition of Service Industries, the U.S.-China Business Council, The Salvation Army and Amway Corporation.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he received his master of business administration degree from a joint program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Peggie Gillom-Granderson led the Ole Miss Women’s Basketball team to the AIAW State Tournament Championships in 1978 and 1979 and a berth in the AIAW National Tournament in 1978. A four-year starter at the University of Mississippi in women’s basketball, she is Ole Miss’ all-time leading scorer with 2,486 points and rebounder with 1,271 rebounds. She is one of two players in Ole Miss’ history to ever score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. She compiled 51 double-doubles in 144 career games at Ole Miss.
Gillom-Granderson was named to the 1980 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament team and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy. In 16 seasons as an assistant coach to Van Chancellor, she helped lead Ole Miss to 14 NCAA tournament appearances, including five Sweet Sixteen and four Elite Eight appearances.
In 1991-1992, she helped lead Ole Miss to their first-ever regular season SEC Title.
As an assistant coach for USA Basketball, she helped guide the 1999 U.S. Pan American Games team to a bronze medal, and the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.
Gillom-Granderson was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
The CSPIRE Gillom Trophy, which is named in her honor, is presented to Mississippi’s top collegiate women’s basketball player by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum every year since 2008.
She currently serves as the women’s director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ole Miss and as treasurer of the Greg Gillom Scholarship Fund.
A 1956 graduate of Moss Point High School, Robert Khayat has lived most of his life at Ole Miss and in Oxford. With undergraduate and law degrees from Ole Miss, he joined the law faculty in 1969. A Sterling Fellowship enabled him to pursue a degree from the Yale Law School in 1980.
Khayat excelled as an undergraduate history major. He was an Academic All-American football player and was chosen as an All-SEC catcher for the 1959 and 1960 SEC Champion baseball teams.
He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NFL, the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and the Silver Medallion Award for best memoir in the nation.
Khayat is a member of the Ole Miss Football Team of the Century, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the Student Hall of Fame at Ole Miss, holds an honorary membership from Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as Law Alumnus of the Year in 2014.
He served as chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1995 until his retirement in 2009.
His wife Margaret (BA 93) served for 14 years as the first lady of the university. The Khayat’s have two children. Their daughter, Margaret, clerks for a U.S. District Judge in Grand Rapids, Mich. Their son, Robert (BA 95), is a partner in King and Spalding law firm in Atlanta.
Dulymus (Deuce) McAllister is the only player in the history of Ole Miss Football to record three seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards. In 1999, he won the Conerly Trophy, which is awarded to the top collegiate football player in the state by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He finished his college career at Ole Miss with records for carries (616), yards (3,060), rushing touchdowns (36), total touchdowns (41), points (246) and 100-yard games (13).
In April 2001, McAllister was the 23rd over-all pick by the New Orleans Saints. He went on to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons – a first in Saints history. He was the first Saints running back with 22 100-yard games, including franchise-record nine straight contests in 2003. In his first year as a starter in 2002 he led the conference with 1,388 rushing yards, scored 16 TDs and was voted to the Pro Bowl.
McAllister was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2003 and set the all-time rushing touchdown record for the Saints in 2008. He holds the all-time New Orleans Saints record for most career rushing yards (6,096) and touchdowns (55). McAllister retired from the NFL in January 2010.
In 2010, McAllister received the Army Community Award for his dedication to the states of Mississippi and Louisiana. McAllister was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Today, McAllister applies his workhorse mentality to his emerging businesses while continuing to give back to the under-privileged communities of the Gulf South region.
Alumni Service Award
Lanny Griffith serves as chief executive officer of BGR Group. He joined the Washington, DC-based government affairs and communications firm in 1993 after serving in several roles in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
Griffith’s political career began in the early 1980s when he worked for the Republican National Committee, managed Haley Barbour’s (JD 73) U.S. Senate race in 1982 and served as the executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party for three years. In 1988, he served as Southern political director for Vice President Bush’s presidential campaign.
In 1989 Griffith was sworn in as special assistant to the president, serving as President Bush’s liaison to governors and other statewide elected officials. In 1991 President Bush nominated Griffith to be assistant secretary of education. At the U.S. Department of Education he directed Secretary Lamar Alexander’s effort to build a national consensus around educational standards and testing.
Griffith represented the U.S. on the Education Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and served as co-chairman of the Advisory Council on Dependent Education, which serves as the school board for all dependent schools worldwide under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Griffith’s work for the Bush family continued with his role as national chairman of the Bush-Cheney 2000 Entertainment Task Force and entertainment coordinator for the 2001 Bush Inaugural. He later served as a Ranger and as a member of the Bush 2004 National Finance Committee.
Griffith is a founder of the Trust for the National Mall and currently serves on the board of directors. He serves as national treasurer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the U.S.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Kelly English English is executive chef/owner of Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis and executive chef of Magnolia House in Biloxi.
English studied family and consumer sciences at the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He paid his way through college serving as a cook in local kitchens. The experience inspired the Louisiana native to continue to pursue his passion for food at the Culinary Institute of America, where in addition to studying abroad in France and Spain, English graduated at the top of his class in 2004.
He returned to New Orleans in 2004 to cook under the auspices of Chef John Besh in some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants before moving to Memphis and opening Restaurant Iris in 2008. Two years later, he was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, appeared on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and earned Memphis Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” award.
English has been featured in Food & Wine magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun and the cookbook Wild Abundance. He also serves on the Founder’s Council for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and was named a “Young Memphian” by the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and “Top 40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal in 2013. He was recognized in 2013 with the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Alumnus Award by the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi.