04 Feb Jon Cartu Support: MSU honors national alumnus Hossley, other alumni this week
Contact: Amy Cagle
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is recognizing retired president of Hossley Lighting Associates and longtime alumni leader Danny E. Hossley of Hideaway, Texas, as the university’s National Alumnus of the Year during the Friday [Feb. 7] MSU Alumni Association 2020 awards banquet.
A native of Vicksburg, Hossley graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the MSU College of Business in 1965. After graduation, he began his career with the U.S. Steel Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, before returning to his hometown and joining Westinghouse Electric Lighting Division. Over the next decade, Hossley held progressive positions, culminating as sales manager for the southern U.S. territory. In 1977, Hossley left Westinghouse and founded Hossley Lighting Associates in Dallas, Texas, which became nationally recognized. In 2000, he and wife Ann McClain Hossley, a Philadelphia native who also attended MSU, rewarded their associates with the ownership of HLA, and the company’s legacy continues today as one of the country’s largest independent lighting sales organizations.
In east Texas, Hossley led a grassroots effort, founding and serving as the inaugural president of the award-winning East Texas Alumni Chapter of the MSU Alumni Association. As the chapter’s student recruitment coordinator, he also started the Robert L. Jones East Texas Scholarship. For his accomplishments, Hossley received the Alumni Association’s 2007 Distinguished Service Award. He also served the MSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors from 2010 to 2018, with multiple terms as student recruiting committee chair and a member of the executive and nominating committees.
Over the years, Hossley has been a dedicated alumni leader with a compelling desire to maintain a strong student recruitment presence in Texas. During the administration of MSU President J. Charles Lee, Hossley forged an important voluntary role as the university’s first recruiter in the state of Texas. Since then, he’s thrived in that capacity, and enlisted Ann as his voluntary associate recruiter. The Hossleys are credited with creating an MSU presence in that region and recruiting more than 200 students from east Texas to enroll at Mississippi State. They also have helped recruit prospective students from Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Along with the national alumnus recognition, each of MSU’s eight academic colleges is honoring one graduate Friday for outstanding professional, community and personal success.
The 2020 MSU alumni-of-the-year group includes (by college):
Barry L. Knight of Cordova, Tennessee, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Oklahoma native Barry L. Knight holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and in 1988, he also earned a master’s degree from MSU, both in agronomy. Knight began his career with positions at American Cyanamid and Monsanto Company, where he held several roles in the Southern U.S. region. Next, he was executive vice president of Jimmy Sanders, Inc. in the Memphis, Tennessee, regional office. Today, Knight is with Indigo Agriculture and oversees the world’s largest agriculture laboratory as senior vice president of Global Indigo Research Partners. For his accomplishments, Knight was named the 2011 Alumni Fellow for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Richard H. McNeel of Jackson, College of Architecture, Art and Design. Richard H. McNeel has spent four decades in the field of architecture where he’s licensed by the American Institute of Architects. As president of Jackson-based JBHM Architecture, he’s been named a Top Mississippi CEO by the Mississippi Business Journal. He’s also the first Mississippi architect to receive the highest honor by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. The President’s Medal for Distinguished Service recognizes McNeel’s career dedication to protecting public health, safety and welfare. A lifelong proponent of quality education, training, and testing for architects, McNeel has helped develop the national architect’s exam for 13 years. He actively participates in his profession as a juror, adjunct professor, and an adviser to the MSU College of Architecture, Art, and Design from which he earned a 1979 Bachelor of Arts in architecture and was selected a 1990 Alumni Fellow. McNeel served the college’s School of Architecture Advisory Council for many years and currently chairs the group. He’s also served multiple terms on the MSU Foundation Board.
Mark A. Worthey of McKinney, Texas, College of Arts and Sciences. Mark A. Worthey began studying at MSU before entering the Air Force, where he spent four years in aircraft maintenance. He returned to MSU and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum geology in 1984, proudly becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. Worthey began his career with Marlin Drilling Company as a roustabout, then Newport Petroleum Inc. as a geotech, and Coho Resources Inc. as a geologist and exploitation manager. He then spent nearly 14 years with Denbury Resources Inc., where he was a founding officer and senior vice president of operations. He next was appointed CEO of Reichmann Petroleum Inc. and guided the company through liquidations. Most recently, Worthey founded McClaren Resources, Inc. and serves as its president. He has served the boards of Genesis Pipeline Company, Rancher Energy, Inc., and the MSU Foundation. In 2009, MSU honored him as Alumni Fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Boyce Adams Sr. of Columbus, College of Business. Boyce Adams Sr. graduated from MSU in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He began his career in the oil industry, developing software to improve operations from the field to the front office. He later worked with an accounting firm, bringing his vision to this profession. By 1992, Adams co-founded BankTEL Systems and was president and CEO for many years. Under his leadership, BankTEL became a leading supplier of auxiliary financial software in the financial services industry. In 2019, AvidXchange acquired BankTEL, and Adams now serves as a special adviser. Adams also is involved with the Innovate North Mississippi Angel Fund and the Bulldog Angel Network investment group that also mentors start-up companies that originate from Mississippi State University students, faculty and staff. At MSU, Adams has been honored by the College of Business as 2014 Alumni Fellow. He’s a member of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, the MSU Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board, and the Bulldog Club Board. He’s also chairman of the Old Waverly Junior Golf Foundation.
Lynn Tincher-Ladner of Long Beach, College of Education. Lynn Tincher-Ladner serves as president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society—the nation’s oldest and largest honor society serving community college students. PTK has more than 1,300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad and provides students with recognition for academic achievement, opportunities for leadership development, and more than $100 million in scholarships each year. Tincher-Ladner joined the PTK staff in 2012 as chief information and research officer. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Mississippi State, where she has served on the graduate faculty for the College of Education. Tincher-Ladner has more than 20 years in higher education instruction and information technology. She has been published in many publications, presents her innovative research on student success at national conferences, and speaks at convocations and commencements. Tincher-Ladner serves on national boards for the College Promise Campaign and the Center for Community College Student Engagement. She has consulted with colleges across the country on strategic planning, accreditation, economic impact and student advisement.
Gregory Rader of Columbus, James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. Gregory Rader is a 1984 petroleum engineering graduate of Mississippi State. Since earning his degree, Rader has enjoyed over 30 years in business. Today, Rader is executive chairman of Columbus Recycling Corporation, where he serves as the organizational lead and the keeper of the company’s “always do the right thing” culture. Rader joined the company in 1991 as vice president for operations and purchased the company in 1996. Rader has since driven the company’s growth, both organically and through the acquisition and integration of four processors. For his efforts, the company was honored as Scrap Company of the Year with a Global Award for Steel…