Dr. John A. and Mrs. Mary Peoples to be honored at inaugural Women’s Council of Philanthropy luncheon




The event will initiate Women’s History Month by honoring JSU’s former president and first lady, Dr. John A. and Mrs. Mary Peoples. The inaugural luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Country Club of Jackson.

The mission of the WPC is to change the face of philanthropy by working with female students from diverse backgrounds so they may see themselves as philanthropists through leadership, scholarship and mentorship. Council members also serve as role models and provide career mentorship to the student ambassadors who implement community service projects throughout the semester.

“The Council is comprised of a diverse group of accomplished and professional female leaders who work diligently towards enhancing our University through philanthropy,” says Veronica Cohen, vice president for Institutional Advancement/External Affairs and executive director for the JSU Development Foundation, Inc. “The funds from this luncheon will enable the Council to establish an endowed scholarship for students at JSU.”

President Emeritus Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr. served as the sixth president and was instrumental in helping Jackson State gain university status in 1974. Dr. Peoples is also a legendary history maker with numerous other accolades in higher education and civic and social activities throughout his lifetime.

Mrs. Peoples will be acknowledged for serving as a long-time educator in the Jackson Public School system and as a diligent community leader who supports numerous diverse civic programs and organizations.

“Council members, alumni, university friends and family will have an opportunity to display their gratitude for Dr. John and Mrs. Mary Peoples,” says Cohen. “Additionally, the luncheon will highlight the accomplishments of Mrs. Mary Peoples, which is most appropriate during Women’s History Month.”

“We are excited about this event because the additional funds will assist our students with staying in school and developing leadership skills that will withstand long after they graduate.”

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