The Center’s Advisory Committee is made up of leaders in the arts, culture, and philanthropy from around the nation who have special interests in the American South. Advisory Committee members provide guidance for Center programming and important connections to organizations around the region.

Center Advisory Committee

Dorothy Abbott Founder, Women's Media and Technology Fund at the Global Fund for Women
black and white photo of Peter Askew with his wife and daughter Peter Askew Deep South Ventures, Savannah, Georgia
Daphne Chamberlain Daphne R. Chamberlain Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Social Justice | Associate Professor of History | Tougaloo College
Marcia S Cole Lecturer Emerita, Department of Applied Gerontology, University of Mississippi
William Dunlap Painter, Writer
Ron Feder Attorney, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Turry Flucker Turry Flucker Vice President for Collections and Partnerships at the Terra Foundation for American Art
Chicago and Paris, France
Jennifer Gunter Jennifer H. Gunter Converge Collective, South Carolina
Rea Hederman Publisher, The New York Review of Books
Rolando Herts Director, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning
Executive Director, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, Delta State University
Cleveland, Mississippi
Tom Howorth FAIA, Architect/Howorth & Associates Architects, Oxford, Mississippi
Amanda Brown Landry Senior Associate General Counsel, LifePoint Health
Robby Luckett Director, Margaret Walker Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Xaris Martinez in front of trees Xaris A. Martínez Neighborhood Funders Group
Barbara Y. Phillips Adjunct Professor and Independent Scholar/Social Justice Feminist, University of Mississippi
Julian Rankin portrait by Jason Bouldin Julian Rankin Executive Director, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Marc Rosen Marc Rosen Managing Director, Lasmo Limited, Atlanta, Georgia
Je’Monda Roy Millsaps Admissions Counselor, Jackson, Mississippi
Ivy R. Taylor 12th President of Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi
Mary Margaret White CEO/Executive Director, Mississippi Today, Jackson, Mississippi
Kathryn York in front of art wall Kathryn York Teach For America, Water Valley, Mississippi
Maarten Zwiers Associate Professor of History, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Mississippi