Jimmie Meese Moomaw ’58 Bio

Born In Brookhaven, current board member, Jimmie Meese Moomaw graduated from the W in 1958 with a double major in speech and English.  A year later she completed her MA degree in Theatre from the University of Illinois and continued her education by completing all the course work, comps, and language and statistic requirements in two Ph. D. programs: one in Rhetoric and Public Communication and one in Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction.

She began teaching on the college and university level in 1960 at Mississippi State University, where she created the first Communication Department at that institution.  For the next forty-one years she taught a broad range of communication courses with specialties in Communication Theory, Persuasion, and Argumentation.  She retired from teaching in 2000.

She has also maintained a successful communication consulting business, serving a diverse client base on the state, regional, national, and international level.  She currently focuses primarily on a political clientele, but has worked with corporations and a number of philanthropic organizations.  She is a frequent presenter of speeches and workshops.  She was a featured speaker at the National Women’s Policy Caucus and has done multiple presentations for the Stennis Center for Public Service. Last year she was invited to the Stennis Center’s Women’s Leadership Summit, where she was also a group facilitator.  She was recently the keynote speaker for Mississippi’s women lawyer’s Evelyn Gandy Lecture series.

Jimmie has been very active in community service.  She served as a City Commissioner and Vice Mayor in Avondale Estates, Georgia, for ten years, as an Arbiter appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia for 20 years.  Her Board service includes:  The Advisory board of Directors for the Olympic Games, Abused Women and Children, Inc., DeKalb County’s Multi-Use Senior Center, DeKalb County Human Relations Committee, Judicial Qualifications Board, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.  She is the current Chair of the DeKalb County Board of Health.  She has also served on the MUW Alumnae Association Board for a number of years.

She has received numerous awards her leadership and service.  She was one of three women and forty-seven men selected for early membership in the Leadership Georgia Program and two years ago received an Alumnae Association Achievement Award as recognition for her work on behalf of the W and our Association.