Delta Council President, Patrick Johnson, Jr. of Tunica is pleased to announce the 87th Annual Meeting of Delta Council to be held Friday, June 17, 2022, at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) in Cleveland, Mississippi. Keynoting the business session of the meeting will be bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Oxford native, David Magee.
“We are delighted to welcome such an accomplished Mississippian to keynote our Annual Meeting,” said Delta Council President, Patrick Johnson, Jr. “David Magee’s personal and professional journeys are both remarkable and diverse, from a local business owner, a councilman in Oxford, to a bestselling author and regular guest on CNBC, all while fighting personal battles behind the face of success."
David Magee is the bestselling author of the memoir Dear William, about intergenerational family addiction and recovery, and an award-winning columnist, author, and TEDx speaker. He’s been a daily newspaper publisher, small business owner, a regular guest on CNBC, and once hosted a national cable TV program, The David Magee Show.
David McGee will be the keynote speaker at the Delta Council Annual Meeting. He is a bestselling author and native of Oxford, Miss. (Mary Catherine Brooks)
Magee has written several other bestsellers including "How Toyota Became #1," "Turn Around How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan," "The John Deere Way," and "Ford Tough."
David is currently the Director of Institute Advancement at the University of Mississippi — the role he started after helping create and launch The William Magee Center for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Wellness Education at the university, named for his late son who died of a drug overdose.
The Magee Center focuses on substance misuse education and support within the university and the effort is about to grow beyond, into the university’s next standalone national institute—the Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing. David and his wife, Kent, reside in Oxford.
Delta Honor Graduates
The 2022 Delta Council Day will commence with the 19th annual Salute to Delta Honor Graduates event at 9:00 a.m., held outside of the BPAC on the lawn which will welcome the graduates, their families, and school officials and present the graduates with certificates.
The Delta Honor Graduate event is designed to bestow special honor upon exemplary students from each of the high schools throughout the Mississippi Delta region, including public, parochial, and private schools. In addition, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the Top Delta Honor Graduate as selected by higher education officials in the Delta. The Top Delta Honor Graduate will be recognized on stage at the Delta Council Annual Meeting during the 10:30 am Business Session.
At 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the BPAC, after the inaugural presentation of the colors, and God and Country, the Business Session will proceed into the recognition of the 2021-2022 Good Middling Community Service Award and the tradition of the Wear Cotton contest, followed by a special message from keynote speaker David Magee.
The tradition of a fried catfish luncheon and Achievement Awards Ceremony will wrap-up Delta Council Day on the grounds of the Quadrangle on the Delta State University campus. Delta Council invites and encourages all of you to attend and participate in this 87-year-old Delta “red-letter” day.
Sponsors for the meeting are BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton, Inc., Delta State University, Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Land Bank, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Simplot, and Southern Ag Credit.