Ole Miss Volleyball Adds Six New Faces

Talented Group to Join Rebels in Fall of 2015

Volleyball vs LSU on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

Volleyball vs LSU on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD- Miss. – The Ole Miss Volleyball team has achieved a lot of success under first-year head coach Steven McRoberts, among them, posting the best start in school history and winning 20-matches for the first time since 2007. Looking to continue the upward trend, the Rebels have added six talented players to the program as part of the 2015 signing class that will join the Rebels in the fall of 2015.

Coming from five different states, Caroline Adams, Laina Carnes, Kathryn Cather, Audrey Fischer, Taylor Gill and Alexis Lee are expected to arrive on campus in the summer to begin preparation for the 2015 campaign.

Coach McRoberts on the 2015 Class:
“We’re really excited about our first signing class as we continue to build this program. All six of these players have experienced a lot of winning. They have competed for state championships, earned All-State honors in their respective states in high school and played for high level club teams. Not only are they great players, but they are excellent students.”

Caroline Adams
Caroline Adams is a 5-3 defensive specialist from Lafayette, Louisiana.  She attended St. Thomas More Catholic School and played club volleyball for six years for Cajun Elite and Louisiana Volleyball Club.  Adams was named first team All-District in 2013, second team All-Acadiana in 2013, state runner-up in 2011 and helped her team to the state titles in 2012 and 2013. She was also a part of the Academic All-State Composite Team.  A member of the National Honor Society in 2014, Adams maintained a 4.0 all four years of high school.

Laina Carnes
Laina Carnes is a 5-10 setter from Lexington, South Carolina and Lexington High School. She was an All-State recipient in 2013 and 2014, All-Region in 2013 and 2014, All-Region Player of the Year in 2014, Player of the Year in the Midlands Region in 2013, and Max Preps Player of the Year for Lexington High School in 2013. Carnes was selected for the North-South All-Star game in 2014. A member of the National Honor Society she boasts a cumulative GPA of 4.75.

Kathryn Cather
Kathryn Cather is a 6-2 right-side hitter from Hoover, Alabama and Hoover High School and played club volleyball for the Birmingham Volleyball Club. As team captain, Cather led Hoover to its first appearance in the state finals and finished Runner-up in 7A in 2014. She was named to the All State Tournament Team and the 2014 State AHSAA All-Star North Team. In addition, Cather was named to the All Hoover/South Team in 2012 and 2013 by The Birmingham News. She made the All-Metro Team in 2013 and the 6A State Honorable Mention Team in 2012 and was selected by AL.com for the 7A A-List in 2014.

Audrey Fischer
Audrey Fischer is a 6-1 middle blocker from Chesterfield, Missouri and Nerinx High School and plays club volleyball for the St. Louis High Volleyball Club. She was named first team All-District, first team All-Conference, second team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State in 2014. Fischer was named to the Bellville East All-Tournament Team, in 2013 as well as first team All-Conference and second team All-District.

Taylor Gill
Taylor Gill is a 5-10 defensive specialist from Madison, Alabama and Madison Academy. She plays club volleyball for the North Alabama Spikers Association (NASA). A four year varsity starter, Gill earned Area MVP honors all four years, was a three-time Team MVP and three-year All-State honoree.  Gill was a part of four Area Championships, three Regional Championships, and two State Runner-Ups.

Alexis Lee
Alexis Lee is a 5-11 outside hitter from Normal, Illinois and University High School.  She plays club volleyball for Illini Elite. She achieved Unanimous First Team All-Conference honors in 2013 and was named 2013 Most Valuable Player at the Moline Invitational. Lee helped her team win the Regional and Sectional Championship in 2011.

For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB.

Second Annual Egg Bowl Run Set for Monday

ROTC cadets to make the 100-mile run from Starkville to Oxford to deliver game ball

UM ROTC cadets on the first leg of the inaugural Egg Bowl Run in 2013. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

UM ROTC cadets on the first leg of the inaugural Egg Bowl Run in 2013. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

The advent of cooler temperatures signals the beginning of the holiday season and the chilly reminder that the annual Egg Bowl is right around the corner. This year, fans of the two Egg Bowl rivals have another event to look forward to before the main event’s kickoff on Saturday.

The second annual Egg Bowl Run takes place Monday (Nov. 24) as Army ROTC cadets from both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University will cover more than 100 miles in two separate legs to deliver the game ball from Starkville to Oxford. Last year’s event was quite popular on social media. This year, members of the public may track runners’ progress in real time by visiting http://www.myathletelive.com throughout the day, by following @UMEggBowl on Twitter or by following the hashtag #eggbowlrun on social media outlets.

2nd Annual Egg Bowl Run scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24.

Second annual Egg Bowl Run poster.

Not only is it an opportunity to honor cadets and veterans from all branches of our military during Military Appreciation Month, it’s a great way to support these programs. In fact, if you give to Ole Miss Army ROTC during the Egg Bowl Run this year, you’ll be eligible for some cool perks as well as be automatically entered to win the official Ole Miss game ball carried by cadets and signed by head coach Hugh Freeze. Other prizes include an opportunity to fire the cannon at Vaught-Hemingway during the Egg Bowl, joining the cadets and members of the Ole Miss football team during their walk through the Grove before the game and even the American flag flown over Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Check out the Ignite Ole Miss campaign site. They’ve already raised more than 15 percent of their goal, but with your help, they can easily reach $5,000 before the Egg Bowl Run kicks off early Monday morning.

If you aren’t able to give, go out and support our cadets along the route. They are estimated to arrive in front of the Lyceum around 9 p.m., and they’ll be making a quick loop around the Square before that time, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before cheering them on during the last leg of their 50-mile journey.

UM Artist-in-Residence Creates Unique Opportunities for Students

Bruce Levingston

Bruce Levingston

In 2013, concert pianist Bruce Levingston, who was serving as the chancellor’s special adviser on the arts, was approached by University of Mississippi administrators to develop a program in which Ole Miss students would experience the art of classical music.

Levingston invited students to attend his performances around the country to get a behind-the-scenes look at how concerts are staged, to meet key players at each venue and to act as ambassadors for the university in each city.

Some students were even asked to participate in some of Levingston’s performances. Students Clarissa Brumley and Richard Culpepper both performed with Levingston in front of local schoolchildren in Lexington. The Ole Miss musicians played their instruments, trumpet and piano, respectively, and answered questions from the enthusiastic crowd.

Students also performed with Levingston at Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s event touting 2014 as the “The Year of the Creative Economy” at Power APAC Elementary in Jackson, attended a performance at the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson and visited Levingston in New York, where he invited them to his concert at Carnegie Hall.

Students also got to join Levingston as he played piano for the Boston Ballet premiere of “Close to Chuck.” Katie Shuford and Kate Prendergast ventured backstage to meet dancers, choreographers and other members of the Boston Ballet creative team. Shuford and Prendergast also visited the Boston Ballet School to see how the school was run and meet with the physical therapist who treats the dancers.

In August 2014, Levingston assumed a new role as Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College artist-in-residence and plans to continue providing students with opportunities to experience the arts.

Ole Miss’ Shackelford a Finalist for Two National Awards

One of 10 Finalists for Senior CLASS Award, One of 12 Finalists for Wuerffel Trophy

Ole Miss Football vs Boise State during the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

Ole Miss Football vs Boise State during the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

OXFORD, Miss. – Deterrian Shackelford has had a long, winding journey as an Ole Miss Rebel.

His perseverance and pursuit of excellence were rewarded when he was announced as a finalist for two different national awards – the Senior CLASS Award and the Wuerffel Trophy.

The Decatur, Alabama, native already boasts a long list of honors in this football season, his sixth as a Rebel. He is a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the SEC Community Service Team. He has also been tabbed Capital One Academic All-District and a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

He is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes NCAA Division I FBS seniors who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

He is one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best exhibits exemplary community service.

On the field, Shackelford is the starting Mike linebacker for the nation’s top-ranked defense that allows just 11.9 points per game. Fully recovered from the knee injuries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 and 2012 seasons, he has helped Ole Miss to an 8-2 record and No. 10 national ranking for one of its best starts in history. He ranks sixth on the team with 44 tackles along with 4.5 TFLs, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He is the first ever two-time winner of the prestigious Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which goes to the Rebels’ most deserving defensive player each year.

Shackelford already owns two degrees from Ole Miss. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in English in just three years, and he received a master’s degree in higher education this summer. He boasts a 3.57 grade point average in graduate school after posting a 3.36 in his undergrad studies.

He is equally committed to off-the-field service to his community. He is a highly sought-after speaker for community, school and religious groups, has volunteered for numerous community outreach activities, and has helped lead mission trips to Panama and Haiti the past two spring breaks.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 15. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

2014 Senior CLASS Award Finalists

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Sam Carter, TCU

Chris Conley, Georgia

Cody Fajardo, Nevada

Devin Gardner, Michigan

Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

Eric Kendricks, UCLA

Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Deterrian Shackelford, Ole Miss

JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas

This is the 10th anniversary of the Wuerffel Trophy, an award named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the NFL and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries, in New Orleans and around the country.

A committee, which includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the winner, who will be formally announced on Dec. 9, 2014. The 2014 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s 46th Annual Awards Banquet on Feb. 13, 2015, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

For more information on the Wuerffel Trophy, visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org.

2014 Wuerffel Trophy Finalists

Ameer Abdullah – University of Nebraska – running back

Corey Acosta – University of Southern Mississippi – place kicker

Brennen Beyer – University of Michigan – defensive end

Chris Conley – University of Georgia – wide receiver

Andrew East – Vanderbilt University – long snapper

Bryce Haynes – Ohio State University – long snapper

Taylor Kelly – Arizona State University – quarterback

Trevor Knight – University of Oklahoma – quarterback

Greg Mancz – University of Toledo – center

Sam Rodgers – Syracuse University – long snapper

Deterrian Shackelford – University of Mississippi – linebacker

Dylan Thompson – University of South Carolina – quarterback

Ole Miss Runs Away With NCAA XC Regional, Advances to NCAA Championship

First NCAA XC Championship Team Berth in Program History

Ole Miss Cross Country team grabs top honors

Ole Miss Cross Country team grabs top honors.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After matching the best program finish at the SEC Championship two weeks ago, the Ole Miss men rewrote the record books again Friday.

For the first time in Ole Miss cross country history, the Rebels claimed the South Region Championship to earn a berth in the NCAA Championship. The Rebels’ 54 points was 42 points better than runner-up No. 21 Florida State in a decisive victory.

“I’m really proud of our young men and how they performed today,” Ole Miss head coach Brian O’Neal said. “We came here with the goal of securing one of the two automatic qualifying spots. We achieved that and more. We’re coming into our own and looking forward the NCAA Championship in eight days.”

Junior Wesley Gallagher (30:18.60) led the South Champions in the 10K event, good for third overall. Freshman Sean Tobin (30:19.30) and sophomore Robert Domanic (30:20.00) finished right on his heels in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sophomore Trevor Gilley (30:58.30) clocked the 19th overall time, and freshman Taylor Caldwell (31:02.00) finished 24th overall to round out the Rebels’ five scoring times. Mark Robertson’s (31:14.50) 29th finish, while not scoring for Ole Miss, was better than every other team’s fourth-place finisher.

Gallagher, Tobin, Domanic, Gilley and Caldwell all earned All-Region honors. Last season, Domanic was the only All-Region selection for the Rebels.

The Rebels surged to first in the region after finishing ninth last year. The Rebels had finished no better than seventh since 2005 at regionals.

“These men have bought in to the vision that we could compete on the big stage here,” O’Neal said. “A lot of people told them it couldn’t happen. I can’t say enough about Coach (Ryan) Vanhoy and what he’s meant to this program. How far this group has come is a testament to everyone buying in to the Ole Miss way.”

The three top-five finishers match the previous program total of top-five regional finishes all-time. Barnabas Kirui finished first in 2006 and second in 2009, and Bernard Kuria was fourth in 1997.

The Rebels will make their NCAA Championship debut in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Rebels ran on the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course early in the season at the Pre-Nationals Invitational.

The Ole Miss women finished 13th out of 29 teams at the regional, led by Margaret Harkness at 55th overall.

McCormick Named to SEC Community Service Team

Senior Keeper Honored With Selection For Second Consecutive Season

Ole Miss vs Memphis on September 7th, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss vs Memphis on September 7th, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD, Miss. – Senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick has been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service team for her outreach efforts in the Ole Miss and Oxford communities and being a good citizen in the area. It marks the second consecutive season for McCormick to be named to the team.

McCormick is one of 14 players named to the team as a player from each member institution is selected for recognition on the team.

The Rebel keeper has been active in the Ole Miss and Oxford communities throughout her playing career and involved in several outreach projects that encompass both human members of the surrounding area and animal members.

Studying in preparation to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, McCormick has been an active volunteer with the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society and volunteering with the Animal Clinic of Oxford to care for animals in the local area. She has participated in “spay days” where she has helped perform operations to spay and neuter animals in conjunction with the humane society to help the pet population.

She also has volunteered in outreach programs like Reading With The Rebels, the SEC “Together We Can” canned food drive to help stock local food pantries and is also active in many religious organizations in town and throughout campus.

McCormick also volunteers with youth soccer clinics in the local area and helps train keepers for local club soccer teams in the area.

McCormick finished her Ole Miss career atop the career records for several goalkeeper categories, including wins (42), saves (297), minutes played in goal (6,839) and tied for first in shutout victories (22).

Note from Lydia Jones

Dan and Lydia Jones

Dan and Lydia Jones

The many expressions of concern and encouragement have been very meaningful for Chancellor Dan Jones, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The following note from his wife, Lydia Jones, says those thoughts and prayers are making a real difference. We thought you’d like to hear that in her words:

The Chancellor and I are so blessed. Your outpouring of love and concern is beyond measure. We have received every note, every card, every email and every message you have sent. We thank you.

The University is in wonderful hands, and we are fighting hard to get well. After all, we are Ole Miss Rebels!

Ole Miss Alumni Association Announces 2014-15 Officers

From left, Tim Walsh, Chip Crunk, Dr. Hal Moore, Trentice Imbler, Eddie Maloney and Kimsey Cooper are the Ole Miss Alumni Association officers for 2014-15. Photo by Jim Urbanek.

From left, Tim Walsh, Chip Crunk, Dr. Hal Moore, Trentice Imbler, Eddie Maloney and Kimsey Cooper are the Ole Miss Alumni Association officers for 2014-15. Photo by Jim Urbanek.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association announced its officers for 2014-15 on Saturday, Oct. 18 as part of Homecoming festivities on campus.

Trentice Imbler of Tupelo was named president, a one-year term that changes each Homecoming. Imbler is a veteran agent with State Farm Insurance with more than 30 years of experience in that role. She is past president of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, the Tupelo Life Underwriters Association and of the State of Mississippi Life Under­writers Association.

“Great things are happening at the University of Mississippi,” said Imbler. “I am very humbled to have been asked to serve as Alumni Association president.”

Imbler earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences in 1978 from the University of Mississippi. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo and has two children, Mallie and Carrol Trent Imbler.

Outgoing Alumni Association President Jimmy Brown (BBA 70) of Grenada said his term as president was very fulfilling. “This experience has been a highlight in my life. It has especially been rewarding to meet so many people who share a deep love for Ole Miss.”

Eddie Maloney (BBA 72), president of Cowboy Maloney’s Electronic City in Jackson, was named president-elect. Hal Moore (MD 76), president of Singing River Radiology Group in Pascagoula, was elected vice president.

Athletics Committee members include Kimsey Cooper (BSPh 94) of Carthage and Chip Crunk (BBA 87) of Brentwood, Tenn. Cooper, a former Miss Ole Miss, currently serves as district pharmacy supervisor for CVS Pharmacy, overseeing pharmacy operations in Mississippi. Crunk serves as president and chief operating officer of the RJ Young Company in Nashville. Ole Miss Alumni Association Executive Director Tim Walsh (BPA 83, MEd 91) serves as treasurer.

Seeding the Future

Loyal UM alumni Johnny and Renee McRight create scholarships and support athletics

Johnny and Renee McRight

Johnny and Renee McRight

OXFORD, Miss. – When Johnny and Renee McRight began graduate school as young newlyweds, they did so on a tight budget with help from fellowships, grants and lots of sweat equity. Today, their generous gifts to the University of Mississippi are enabling graduate students to pursue research and advanced degrees, while also helping Ole Miss athletics programs reach new heights.

“Grad school is tough. We’ve been there,” said Johnny McRight, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from UM in 1973 and 1975. “We know from experience that if your finances are stable, you can focus on your studies.”

The Greenville couple created the McRight Biology and Speech Pathology Endowment in 2010 to recognize the role that education played in their fulfilling professional careers. Renee McRight, who earned her undergraduate degree in education in 1973 and graduate degree in communicative disorders in 1975 from UM, and her husband both noted Ole Miss professors who mentored them as they prepared for careers in speech pathology and agricultural research, testing and product development.

Johnny McRight founded McRight Services LLC., an agricultural consulting firm, in 1976. Renee formed a private practice to help adults and children with speech disorders. Yet after a few frustrating years, Johnny decided it was time to switch gears and “build a better mousetrap” for increasing crop yields. He developed his own line of agricultural biostimulant and micronutrient products.

“Thanks to my studies under Dr. Bailey Ward, a plant physiologist at UM, my interest and understanding of plant nutrition really flourished,” McRight said. “He had me take several courses in pharmacy research with Ph.D. pharmacognosy students. I started developing this amino acid chemistry and vitamin chemistry as it applies to plant nutrition – the ‘aha moment,’ you could say. I developed the ability to know what was wrong with plants and what would fix them.”

Through an additional gift this past year, they have divided their endowment, creating one for each department, so that scholarships can be awarded annually to graduate students in both programs simultaneously.

“The McRights have both vision and generosity,” said Richard Forgette, interim dean of liberal arts. “The College of Liberal Arts is truly thankful. This investment will have lasting benefits to these students, the university and the state.”

Velmer Burton, dean of applied sciences, echoed that gratitude.

“Financial assistance allows our students the opportunity to submit scholarly papers to conferences, participate in organizations, further their research and fulfill clinical hours in a timely fashion. The School of Applied Sciences and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are appreciative of their thoughtful and gracious support.”

The McRights also support Ole Miss Athletics, providing financial gifts and faithfully traveling to cheer on the Rebels.

“Our constant involvement in Ole Miss sports has been a major factor in our desire to also support academics,” Renee McRight said. “We believe the academic and athletics leadership truly understand that sports are what keep a vast majority of our alumni coming back. Following and supporting Ole Miss athletics reminds us how critically important it is that we support academics.”

Not only did they make a major contribution to the Forward Together campaign, the McRights followed the Rebels to last year’s Music City Bowl, NCAA Basketball Tournament and SEC Baseball Tournament, NCAA baseball regionals and super regionals, and the College World Series.

Indeed, this sports year – and the Diamond Rebs’ history-making crusade from preseason to post-season in particular – held special meaning to the McRights’ and their 42-year marriage.

“The first year Ole Miss baseball went to the College World Series was the year we got married, 1972,” said Renee McRight. “We were on our honeymoon when they were in Omaha. We always said we would go when they got there again, so this year, we finally got that chance.”

The McRights’ experience this summer traveling with the team and fellow Rebel fans encapsulates their decades-long relationship with the university. Fans, players and players’ families – from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Omaha, Nebraska – were making new friends and forming bonds, sharing rooms and meals and doing what Rebels do best: taking small-town, big-heart values and attitudes on the road.

“We met players’ grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and the players themselves,” Renee McRight said. “In Lafayette, we met Will Allen’s parents sitting in the hotel lobby securing rooms for Omaha. We were unsure if they knew who we were, but we knew who they were. But then Will Allen’s dad gave us a hug and said, ‘We know you’ll be in Omaha because you’ve been everywhere else supporting the team.’ So we made our arrangements, too. They were appreciative of us being there.”

The university’s athletics leaders are grateful for the McRights’ continued support.

“Johnny and Renee McRight epitomize what it means to be an Ole Miss Rebel,” said Keith Carter, senior associate athletics director and executive director of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. “Their history runs deep with our great university, as does their generosity to both athletics and academics. They have supported athletics in many ways throughout the years, and their recent gift to the Vaught Society will allow us to keep pushing to our goal for the Forward Together campaign. We are extremely grateful for their unwavering resolve to help Ole Miss athletics continue our pursuit of championships.”

“We recognize that we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the education our university provided us, so we both feel it is important to support academics as well as athletics,” Renee McRight said.

To discuss giving to UM, contact Denson Hollis, senior director of development for the College of Liberal Arts, at dhollis@olemiss.edu or 662-915-5092. For more information on the Forward Together campaign or to make a gift to Ole Miss athletics, visit http://www.forwardtogetherrebels.com or contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159.

UM Chancellor Dan Jones Being Treated for Lymphoma

Jones to work from Jackson office between treatments

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones has been diagnosed with lymphoma following several days of tests this week at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Chemotherapy begins this afternoon and will continue intermittently for several months.

Jones plans to work from an office at the Medical Center between treatments, taking personal leave as needed for medical care. UM Provost Morris Stocks will serve as the senior university executive when Jones is unavailable.

The university’s 16th chancellor, Jones has served on the Oxford campus since July 2009 and has overseen tremendous growth in the university’s enrollment and national recognition. The Vicksburg native has sought to make service to others a vital component of the student experience at Ole Miss.

Before becoming chancellor, Jones led the Medical Center for six years as vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. He also was the school’s Herbert G. Langford Professor of Medicine. He is a former national president of the American Heart Association and is a member of the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research.