Located at the University of Mississippi, the Mississippi Geographic Alliance (MGA) works to strengthen K-12 geographic education throughout the Magnolia State.

A member of the nationwide network of state alliances sponsored by the National Geographic Society, MGA uses workshops, online resources, and other programs to help educators prepare students to embrace a diverse world, succeed in the global economy, and steward the planet’s resources. Simply put, you can “Connect to the World Here” at MGA.

David Rutherford, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. David Rutherford, Executive DirectorDr. David J. Rutherford is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi where he also serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. Dr. Rutherford’s undergraduate and masters degrees are in geography, and he earned his Ph.D. in geographic education from Texas State University. His professional employment has included visitor service positions in state parks, outdoor education for the YMCA and wilderness adventure organizations, and teaching geography and earth science at the secondary level. His broad background in research and teaching in geography covers physical, human, regional, techniques, and educational components of the discipline and his specialty is in educational policy related to geography in both K-12 and university levels.

Carley Lovorn, Assistant Director

Carley Lovorn, Assistant DirectorCarley Lovorn is the Assistant Director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance at the University of Mississippi. A native Mississippian from a family of educators, Carley enjoys traveling and has lived outside of the United States on three separate occasions—in Nicaragua, Mozambique, and Guatemala. Prior to her work at MGA, Carley worked in non-profit management, strategic planning, program development, and writing and research. Carley is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nicaragua, ’99-’01) with an undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development and English from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree in International Social Welfare and Policy from Columbia University.

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Advisory Council

  • Clifton Dixon
    Chair, Department of Geography/Geology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Bob Dulli (ex-officio)
    Deputy to the Chairman, National Geographic Society
  • Martha Hutson
    Department of History/Political Science, Mississippi College
  • Michael Metcalf (ex-officio)
    Chair, Department of Public Policy Leadership
  • Andrew Mullins
    Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Mississippi
  • Darrell Schmitz
    Chair, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University
  • Chauncey Spears
    Social Studies Specialist, Mississippi Department of Education
  • Blake Wilson
    CEO, Mississippi Economic Council

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Steering Committee

  • Kenneth Anthony, College of Education, Mississippi State University
  • Barbara Boone, Teacher, Petal Middle School
  • Ellen Foster, School of Education, University of Mississippi
  • Marsha Gandy, Teacher, Pascagoula, TC
  • Mike Garmon, Graduate Student, University of Mississippi
  • June Hollis, Retired Teacher, TC
  • Martha Hutson, Department of History/Political Science, Mississippi College
  • Mary Jane Jackson, Teacher, Walnut Elementary, TC, Geography Awarness Week Coordinator
  • Sandra Morgan, Retired Teacher, TC
  • Bert Nokes, Teacher, Pearl High School
  • Carol Paola, Executive Director, Mississippi Association for Gifted Children, TC, Geography Awarness Week Coordinator
  • Bobbie Richardson, TC
  • Karen Wallace, Retired Teacher, TC, Geography Awarness Week Coordinator
  • Steven White, Teacher, Rosa Scott School, TC
  • Kay Williams, Retired Teacher, TC

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