Thompson Named Alumnus of Year

  • Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:23

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William “Mickey” Thompson of Cleveland, Miss., is the 2015 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year.

Thompson earned an associate’s degree in drafting and design from Mississippi Delta Junior College and after graduation attended Delta State University. While at MDJC, Thompson was the president of several college clubs and served on student council.

Thompson, an active supporter of MDCC, has continued his association with the college in numerous capacities. He serves on the MDCC Board of Trustees and has been a faithful member for 25 years. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for MDCC’s Bolivar/Coahoma alumni chapter, has been a chapter meeting sponsor, and is a member of the Trojan Tailgate Club.

In addition, Thompson supports Trojan athletics and the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame, and each year, shares his Corvette convertible for use in MDCC’s homecoming parade. A believer in the importance of education, he, along with Pat Denton, established an academic scholarship for MDCC students from Bolivar County.

Thompson has a long record of community and civic involvement. He was elected mayor of Shelby for two terms and served six terms as Bolivar County Tax Assessor/Collector. Active in his hometown of Cleveland, he serves on the Heritage Committee, the City Planning Commission, the Cleveland Crime Stoppers Association, and is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church.

Previously, he served as a Boy Scout leader, PTA president for Pearman Elementary School, and Delta Arts Alliance director. In addition he has been a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Rotary Club, Exchange Club, and Delta State Booster Club.

On the state level, Thompson has served as president of the Mississippi Tax Assessor/Collector Association and President of the Mississippi Chapter of International Assessors Officers Association. He has worked with the Mississippi state legislators in upgrading and introducing new laws for the State Tax Commission. Thompson has received numerous awards, including district service awards from both the Mississippi Tax Assessors College and the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Currently, he works as a property tax consultant for Humphreys County.

Thompson has been married to the former Jean Neel of Indianola for more than 50 years. They have two sons, Mike of Dallas, and Jeffrey of Cleveland, Miss.